The Port of Long Beach has implemented aggressive goals for zero emissions goods movement. The 2017 Clean Air Action Plan Update set the Port of Long Beach on the path to zero-emission goods movement, with a target of transitioning terminal equipment to zero emissions by 2030 and on-road trucks by 2035.
The Port has recently received almost $80 million in total grant funding from the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board to proceed with six projects to demonstrate zero emissions equipment and advanced energy systems in Port operations.
Port Community Electric Vehicle Blueprint
The Port is creating the first ever Port Community Electric Vehicle Blueprint to identify the path toward zero-emissions and to provide an economical approach to EV planning that other California seaports can replicate.
To achieve that a Dynamic Energy Forecasting Tool (DEFT) enables terminal operators to project energy demand and infrastructure costs given a deployment of zero-emissions terminal equipment. The DEFT will be available for download in 2020.
In addition a Zero-Emission Port Equipment Workforce Assessment focused on workforce development and training programs needed to build a regional workforce to support the future adoption of zero-emission port equipment.
Sustainable Terminals Accelerating Regional Transformation (START)
The California Air Resources Board granted a $50 million grant for a transformative demonstration of a near-zero and zero-emissions supply chain. The larger START project includes the ports of Oakland and Stockton and more than 100 pieces of zero-emission terminal equipment.
At the Port of Long Beach’s Matson Navigation Co. Pier C terminal, the project will fund 34 pieces of zero-emission cargo-handling equipment, two of the cleanest container ships to call on the West Coast, an electric-drive tugboat, five electric trucks at an off-dock container yard, and two heavy-duty truck charging outlets.
Zero-Emissions Terminal Equipment Transition
The California Energy Commission awarded a $9.7 million grant to the expected $13.7 million total cost of this project, for the deployment for zero-emissions cargo-handling equipment. The project will be carried out at Piers J, T and F and includes nine electric rubber-tire gantry cranes, 12 yard tractors, and four hybrid and electric drayage trucks along with workforce development training programs.
Port Advanced Vehicle Electrification (PAVE)
The Port Advanced Vehicle Electrification Project will design, install and use electrical charging infrastructure, including electrical conduit, wires, switchboards, transformers and switchgears, to support battery-electric yard tractors and forklifts at Total Terminals International’s facility at Pier T. The California Energy Commission granted $8 million for the $16.8 million project.
Microgrid – Resilience for Critical Facilities
A microgrid project at the Port of Long Beach’s Joint Command and Control Center will enable the Port to learn about the design, installation and operation of microgrid systems. Microgrids – systems of onsite power generation, storage and controls that can isolate from the grid can also protect electricity-reliant marine terminals against grid failures. The California Energy Commission awarded a $5 million grant for the $7 million project.
C-PORT Zero-Emissions Demonstration
The Port in cooperation with SSA Marine at Pier J and Long Beach Container Terminal at Pier E, will present five zero-emissions cargo handling vehicles, including three never-before-tested battery-electric top handlers and a head-to-head comparison of a hydrogen fuel truck and a battery-electric yard truck. The California Air Resources Board awarded a $5.3 million grant to fund the demonstration.