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Smart Harbor-Application Renewable-Integration Concept (SHARC)

Planned time frame:
January 2019 - June 2021

As part of the "Energy Transition in Transport" research initiative, the project "Smart Harbor-Application Renewable-Integration Concept" examines the integration of renewable energy sources into the port infrastructure and suprastructure as well as the logistical operating processes for various future scenarios exemplarily for the port area "├ťberseehafen" in Bremerhaven. By modeling different scenarios and taking into account different effects (energy consumption, costs, CO2 reduction, environmental impacts) particularly advantageous scenarios should be worked out. The results serve the sustainable development of the harbor district.


The aim of the project is to derive an investment concept for the interaction of different actors in the port area "U╠łberseehafen" (International Port) in Bremerhaven by simulating future scenarios. This concept will prepare the port area in terms of power engineering for the intended sustainable development. For this purpose, the integration of renewable energy sources in the port infrastructure and superstructure as well as the logistic operating processes for different future scenarios are modelled, and the resulting effects (energy consumption, costs, CO2 reductions, environmental impacts) are evaluated by simulations. The holistic energy management approach pursued here maximizes the positive effects of integrated energy and, in addition to the operational processes of the port district, includes potentials in the relevant environment of the location as well as environmental and resilience aspects. The concept is reflected in an investment plan, which is to be implemented and verified in general terms in a demonstration follow-up project.

The smart integrated energy-efficient port

SENSE benefits the SHARC project with expertise and know-how in the fields of energy networks, renewable energies, sector coupling, and load management, with a focus on modeling, simulation, and optimization. Based on findings and developments of previous projects, SENSE will use planning tools for the optimization of decentralized energy systems and consistently further develop them. The project focuses on gaining insights into how complex port logistics and transport processes can be integrated into a cellular generation and supply concept focussing on integrated energy. Of particular interest is the extent to which the port operations can be transferred to other industrial processes in the transport and logistics industry with high power requirements. From this, further insights into the use of load flexibility with increased shares of renewable energies at a decentralized level are derived.


As part of the project, the following functionalities are developed and implemented:

  • Recording the relevant technical and economic characteristics of energy and operational infrastructure in Bremerhaven.
  • Definition of boundary conditions for the integration of energy and operations management in the port areas. Based on the actual state, possible integration potentials are recorded and structures and conditions are examined.
  • Development of simulation scenarios based on the characteristics of the port areas and the defined boundary conditions for integrated operational management. The goal is to define and create a scenario funnel that allows a comprehensive picture of the realistic development options.
  • Modeling and simulation of the scenarios in a SENSE planning tool, which allows the optimization of system configuration and operation with multi-criteria evaluation approaches. Aspects of sectoral coupling and port-district specifics are taken into special account.
  • Preparation of the simulation results and evaluation for the further development of the energy concept. The results are verified and validated by comparison with simulation results from Siemens.
  • Derivation of a preferred scenario for the energy system configuration based on the simulation results.
Selection of potential measures during demonstration phase

In addition, further evaluation criteria are integrated. In addition to global ecological aspects, such as the use of primary energy and CO2 emissions, other aspects are incorporated into the framework for multi-criteria evaluation. Depending on the nature of the processes in the port area, this affects, for example, factors that influence the microclimate. In addition, a environmental database developed and provided by HS Bremen can be integrated via appropriate interfaces.

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