From February until April 2022, Skoon Energy provided a battery system on Noordereiland on behalf of the Port of Rotterdam Authority to strengthen the local shore power supply for inland vessels. In the city centre of Rotterdam, running an onboard generator is prohibited for stationary inland vessels to avoid noise pollution and harmful emissions. Inland vessels are therefore obliged to use shore power facilities, but some vessels require more power than the existing facilities can supply. The battery supports the shore power cabinets that are located on the quay by making more power available to the moored vessels. The trial proved successful as no blackouts were experienced, which was often the case when only 40A of power was available.
By placing the battery between the existing shore power cabinet and the inland vessel, the battery will supply the additional power to reach up to 63A if more than the basic 40A is needed. In such a case, without the battery in between, the fuses would blow and the connected vessels would experience a power outage. Both that vessel and those coming afterwards would not be able to connect to shore power until the repairs are finished. Linking the battery system prevents this situation and also makes it possible to supply larger ships with shore power.
Not only inland vessels benefitted from the use of the battery system. Local residents on Noordereiland were also satisfied with this setup. There is less noise nuisance at the quays when the vessel generators are shutdown. In addition, this also contributes to cleaner air in the immediate vicinity, which is an important reason for the current generator ban.