GreenMotril: The energy community of the Port of Motril

Green Motril - Port of Motril
Jorge Rueda, R&D Manager at Cuerva
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Development and operation of a green energy community at the Port of Motril

Datejanuary 2022 - December 2029
Web del proyectoUnder construction
LeaderCuerva
ReferenceInnovation Fund Small Scale – 101038908
Entidad financiadora

GreenMotril project has received funding from the European Union's Small-Scale Innovation Funds research and innovation program under grant agreement no. 101038908

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Context

GreenMotril project will transform the seaport of Motril into the first European port capable of operating in isolation while maintaining its basic services, based on a self-managed energy community that uses renewable energies, and energy and storage technologies, being able to manage energy demand using advanced technologies in a smart way.

The initiative will bring together citizens, social entrepreneurs, public authorities, and other organizations to bring about the energy transition of the port infrastructure. In total, 6,300 MWh of renewable energy will be used each year, thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the port’s activities thanks to the Onshore Power Supply (OPS) deployed under the project.

Innovation

The project's suite of technologies includes:

—a 2,5 MW photovoltaic plant.

a 2,5 MW/4 MWh storage system with the ability to connect to the grid and bolster grid frequency supply; a new OPS connection for moored ships.

a stand-alone microgrid communication and management system.

—a robust cybersecurity framework.

All these technologies, devices, platforms, and systems will be integrated through a Multiple Energy Management System that employs innovative algorithms for grid-connected and "island" modes of operation. The combination of all these technologies in the context of an established port infrastructure poses a major technical challenge, and their effective integration represents a significant innovation.

Cuerva's role

Cuerva is the coordinator of the GreenMotril project, with the participation of Siemens and the Port Authority of the Port of Motril. He will be responsible for the civil works of the renewable energy facilities to be deployed on the project and the deployment of the different equipment for network digitalization and for operating the microgrid.

In addition, different industrial end users will be involved in the energy community.

About the author

Jorge Rueda, R&D Manager at Cuerva
Jorge joined Cuerva in 2020 to lead the company's management and participation in national and international R&D projects related to the two strategic areas of the Innovation department: Smart Energy and Smart Grids. Currently, he manages the portfolio of active projects and generates new partnership opportunities for Cuerva in R&D.
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