EVISA

Energy-wise Port

EVISA

Project description

EVISA is promoting the use of energy efficiency and carbon neutral solutions in ports of Northern Finland.

The EVISA project develops an easy-to-use self-assessment tool for the ports, allowing them to draw up their own strategic energy management plans, assess the size of their environmental footprint and find the right, port-specific solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce environmental loads.

The project is realized by the Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Unit during 1/2020 - 12/2022, in collaboration with the harbours of Oulu, Tornio, Raahe and Kalajoki and the Finnish Port Association. 

Project coordinator

University of Oulu

Project results

During the first year of the project, the following results can be reported:

  • CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS of all partner organizations represented in EVISA consortium to go deeper in the project topic and understand: what Finnish ports of different size and type usually focus on, especially when we talk about environmental and energy policies; what their current practices and future goals are and how many people are responsible for it at each site;
  • DEVELOPED A PRE-SURVEY named “How sustainable is your port: energy perspective?” to help ports realize how progressive they are in terms of environmental and energy actions and how well they correspond with notion of making EU ports greener. The pre-survey serves as a fast test about port’s energy management status, and provides understanding for port authorities about necessity of creating an energy map (the next EVISA survey). After filling in answers for seven general questions, port representatives are able to realize: do they need to conduct energy mapping survey or do they not?
  • PREPARED AN ENERGY MAPPING SURVEY with an extensive structure and a great level of details. The survey is by now presented in MS Excel format. In total, there are 13 sheets or pages. It starts with background and general information about port. Then it suggests to evaluate current approach of energy monitoring or metering in the port. Among examples of asked information are “How do you measure port electricity consumption?”, “What meters do you use for water consumption?”, and “How do you monitor fuel consumption?”. Then the survey goes more in energy related details. This part is better focused on port energy management and provides an opportunity to analyse the current port energy practices. The survey is built in hierarchical order. It goes from overall picture with annual energy budget parameters towards port energy performance at sub-zones and energy budget sub-divisions. As a result of undergoing self-evaluation at this step, a comprehensible picture will be presented to the port authorities. Based on those figures, first preliminary conclusions and recommendations could be formed. For example, it would be visible what port areas are the most energy intensive, what parts of those areas consume the most of electricity or fuel, what equipment and vehicles are in stock and what machinery, equipment or vehicles could potentially be replaced or upgraded with energy efficient solutions or supplied with electricity produced by renewable energy sources.
  • DESCRIBED BOTH SURVEYS IN GUIDEBOOK with understandable answers why they are needed, what they include and how to fill them in.
  • CREATED AN ASSESSMENT TOOL for renewable energy potential in seaports: with focus on solar and wind energy. The tool helps to conduct a simple estimation of internal factors favourable for renewable energy implementation as well as considers external conditions. The latter has to do with global wind and solar data and related simplified calculations. As a result, numbers of how many kWh a port can expect – when installing N-number of solar panels or wind turbines within the port area – become available. The approach is user friendly and does not require specific sophisticated energy or engineering skills.   

Partners

Port of Oulu

Port of Kalajoki

Port of Raahe

Port of Röytä /Outokumpu Oyj

Finnish Port Association