The first city pilot, Arnhem, is a medium sized city in the Netherlands with renewable energy already serving as a large share of its energy production. With the implementation of CME, renewable energy will supplied to ships in the harbor adjacent to its industrial area through a cold ironing system.
The project location for the Arnhem investment is located in an industrial area, where a solar field will be development(4,8 MWp), and in the near future 4 wind turbines.
The solar field is not part of the investements, but will be the only provider of renewable energy to this pilot. Connected to the solar field, partners will jointly develop:
- A Lithium-ion storage facility of 500 kWh, including all hardware (cables, small buildings etc.);
- A cold ironing (shore to ship power supply) installation for 18 river barges in the Nieuwe Haven;
- A charging plaza with 4 fast chargers for 40 passenger cars and taxis;
- A CME-system location (computer plus software) to govern energy flows.
One notable feature about this pilot city is its charging plazas. The charging plaza featured in the images above was installed in Arnhem for public use, and is composed of 16 charge points on one grid connection. A computer directs different levels of power to different vehicles, depending on the vehicles' need. Additionally, Arnhem aims to connect cold ironing (shore-to-ship power) to a solar field through effective RES storage and the iEMS. Arnhem will utilise wind turbines as well, converting wind energy to charge EVs.
In CME, the Arnhem pilot is the only larger project which will be developed in public space. This project will show that the combination of a huge renewable energy source and electric mobility (ships and cars) will provide a feasible business case even in a public environment. The efficiency of the solar field will be enhanced, which leads to less CO2 emissions on larger scale, and the ships and cars will only use 100 % renewable energy.
Gemeente Arnhem, the CME project leader, will be hosting this city pilot.