Large ships and tankers pollute our marine ecosystems in the form of acid rain because of sulphur oxide and smog caused by nitrous oxide. In order to minimize the levels of these pollutants, there has emerged the concept of cold ironing also known as shore connection and alternate marine power. It is the process of providing other shore-side electrical power sources to feed power to ships at berth while their main and auxiliary engines are switched off. This reduces the ships emissions by a significant margin. Emergency equipment, refrigeration, HVAC systems, lighting and other equipment that requires continuous generated power is permitted to obtain that power with cold ironing while the ship loads and unloads its cargo.
Origin of Ship to Shore Power
The term “cold ironing” first originated in the shipping industry when all the ships were dependent on coal-fired engines. When the ships were tied to port, there wasn’t a need to fuel the fire and iron engines would inadvertently cool down, until they literally went cold, and thus “cold ironing” was born. The concept of cold ironing has come a long way since then. Initially, it was used simply as a recharging accessory for the tankers. However, seeing that need and usage has grown and widened so much over the past few years, it can be assumed that alternate marine power will continue to be a vital and necessary tool.
Alternative Maritime Power
In modern times, shutting down the main engines while in port is still a common practice. Auxiliary generators have traditionally been used to power cargo handling equipment and other related ship’s services while in port. Unfortunately, these auxiliary generators proved to be a primary source of air emissions from the ships ports in today’s modern technology, mostly because the auxiliaries are run on heavy fuel oil or bunkers. But Environmental Power Solutions is revolutionizing the cold ironing process with technological advanced diesel operated generators that remove the harmful air emissions from the equation and reduce noise. The immediate result from the use of our clean diesel generators is lowered heat outputs from ships, decreased air emissions, less risk of accidents from fuel based machinery and minimized disturbance to the environment.
Clean Diesel Generators
At Environmental Power Solutions we are proud to be exclusive developers of green diesel generators to bring the world convenient power with clean, eco friendly options. We diligently invest in long-term research for our diesel generators and equipment to set the standards for low carbon, NOX, and CO2 emissions. Our focus is on extremely clean power resources under loads of voltage and frequency sensitive applications. This is ideal for cold ironing situations. We are on the very forefront of the technology that will revolutionize and inspire the ever growing demand to remove harmful emissions from the air during cold ironing procedures with our innovative clean generations of power. For more information contact Environmental Power Solutions today!