Hafenstrom at Arendalsuka 2022

Hafenstrom will be present at Arendalsuka 2022, 15. – 19. August (www.arendalsuka.no).

Hafenstrom will be present at Arendalsuka 2022.  Several activities have been planned. Two half hour sessions will be conducted. One session will present results from the GIFT project on electric ferries, with focus on effect management in areas with weak power grids. The other session will go into detail on the AURORAL project, focusing on using drone technology to support preparedness in rural areas – in particular in regards to search-and-alert operations.

New technology offers new opportunities. What will the future bring ? Organisations must be prepared for changes that are coming and decide upon how to put them to the best use.

The target audience are public officials responsible for contingency plans, preparedness and smart communities.

Preparedness: Drone based eHealth in search-and-rescue missions

Some outcomes have led to innovation within the mobility sector and new project proposals. Transport of commodities, medical samples, monitoring and reporting of incidents and unwanted activities along infrastructures, railways or tourist trails are examples.

Some lessons can be learned from preparations taking place in Narvik, Norway and nearby regions. The AURORAL project is examining the potential of including distributed services for managing resources and optimizing information exchange between stakeholders in scenarios that support local preparedness plans. Important actors are – beside the municipal – local assistants, police and fire departments, road authorities, rescue services, red cross, peoples aid – and even rescue dogs.

Smart harbours and eFerry: effect flexibility and energy management with weak grids

So far, electrification of maritime services is primarily taking place within the sector of ferries. Often discussions are focused on person traffic and return of investment. However, in rural areas and in particular islands that experience weak power grids, there are other issues to take into considerations.

The eFerry use case in the GIFT project has regions that experience lack of available effect in the grid. The project resulted in innovative solutions to prepare for effect flexibility. Creating virtual twins of harbours allows for remote management based on price and availability.  Methods for assigning capacity to other devices can be built on on-demand or planned intervals where other activities are reduced. On a port this may be in-between docking and loading/unloading on arrivals.

Consolidating information from ferries, timetables, batteries, power grid and other power consuming components offer methods to optimize and redistribute superfluous effect to other nearby electric vehicles, like public transport, electric cars and micro mobility.

Electrification of ports must be based on standardisation. Smart harbours depend on established formats and communication between devices. Smart grids depend on exchange of resources and capacity. Where to go from here? How to succeed where other projects fail or are delayed?

Visit Arendal with Hafenstrom: recommended route and contact information

Hafenstrom is also setting up a recommended route for relevant topics ranging from preparedness using drone technology to smart energy management using flexibility administration.

Contact Asbjørn Hovstø at [email protected] for more information about time and place.

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