Tianjin Port builds world’s first artificial intelligence zero-carbon terminal

On July 28, at the Green and Safe Port Conference 2021 by China Ports and Harbors Association (CPHA), Tianjin Port Group released the “Zero Carbon Terminal” brand, to build an intelligent container terminal of section C of Tianjin Port into the world’s first artificial intelligence zero-carbon terminal.

It is claimed that the intelligent container terminal of section C of Tianjin Port is a new version 2.0 automated container terminal of Tianjin Port Group. It will be completed and put into operation at the end of 2021. In order to achieve zero carbon emissions at the terminal, it will simultaneously construct a green energy supply that matches energy consumption of the terminal. Among them, the “integrated wind, solar, and storage” system is used as a platform to realize green energy supply of the whole terminal. At the same time, it will build an integrated energy storage system to achieve stable output of green energy system and zero carbon emissions from energy supply. Terminal loading and unloading equipment, horizontal transportation equipment, production auxiliary equipment, etc. are all driven by electric power. Energy consumption is 100% derived from the “wind and solar storage integration” system. Advanced energy monitoring technology is adopted to conduct real-time statistical analysis of various energy consumption at the terminal to ensure zero carbon emissions. Taking the advanced operation technology as a breakthrough, the traditional loading and unloading technology is perfectly combined with the automatic operation, and the energy consumption is reduced by 17%.

“Compared with other automated container terminals, the intelligent container terminal in section C is still building wind turbines and photovoltaics on site, allowing the terminal to use electricity for its own use, and truly achieve ‘zero carbon’ emissions.” Chen Yanping, deputy general manager of Tianjin Port Group Kexin Facilities Department said, “In the initial stage of the terminal’s production, according to throughput calculations, we will install two wind turbines and install photovoltaics on the roof to achieve green energy supply. As the terminal’s throughput increases, energy consumption will also increase. Next year, we will install two new wind turbines in due course to match energy consumption with energy supply and realize dynamic zero carbon emissions of the zero-carbon terminal.”

Yang Jiemin, vice president of Tianjin Port Group, said that as the world’s first artificial intelligence zero-carbon terminal, the intelligent container terminal of section C of Tianjin Port is 100% electric-driven, 100% clean energy, and 100% energy self-sufficient. It is built by Tianjin Port as a benchmark project for world-class smart ports and green ports. In the future, Tianjin Port will take the C-section terminal as a new starting point to promote Tianjin Port to achieve the strategic goal of “dual carbon” work and accelerate the construction of a new pattern of green port development. Among them, Tianjin Port will strive to build a smart collection and distribution platform in terms of collection and distribution, especially in land transportation. It will focus on pure electric container truck collection and distribution, and effectively reduce the truck empty rate to improve green development level of port collection and distribution.

According to reports, during the “14th Five-Year Plan” period (2021-2025), Tianjin Port Group will focus on the goal of “peaking carbon emission and carbon neutrality”, highlighting the use of clean energy, green and low-carbon transportation, green energy security, and giving full play to the scenery of Tianjin Port. With resource endowment advantages, we will build a diversified green energy system integrating “wind, light, storage and hydrogen”. Starting from the world’s first zero-carbon terminal, we will actively build a zero-carbon port area and a zero-carbon port, and make Tianjin Port an exemplary port in China for the industry’s “peaking carbon emission and carbon neutrality” goal.