Renewable Energy to Hit Italian Docks

A pilot project to enable ships to shut down their engines while in port has been launched by Enel and the Port Authority of Civitavecchia, Fiumicino and Gaeta, with the technical support of Fincantieri in Italy. The project will supply cruise ships visiting the port of Civitavecchia with zero-emission electricity generated from renewable resources using High Voltage Shore Connection Technology.

Special studies to resolve issues concerning ship operations will be conducted in conjunction with the cruise lines. The project would enable Enel to develop an on-shore network to comply with the specific voltage, frequency and power requirements of passenger ships, ensuring maximum on-board safety and reliability.

More than 4000 vessels visit the Port of Civitavecchia every year, of which some 1000 are cruise ships. When moored, the latter absorb a considerable amount of power (up to 16 megawatts), generated by burning fossil fuels.


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