As part of the smartPORT projects, Hamburg’s port introduces innovative traffic guidance, logistics and energy concepts. The basis is the use of new communication and IT systems. A further example is the HVCC, Hamburg Vessel Coordination Center, which, among other services, offers additional advice to cruise ships sailing in and out. In addition, innovative projects for the improvement of port processes have already been developed and implemented for years via the national ISETEC / IHATEC programme. Future-oriented innovations are designed to optimise cruise passenger check-in at Hamburg’s port and develop cruise-related technologies in shipbuilding. The deployment of privileged e-taxis is being planned at the cruise terminals.
“Battery 2nd Life”, the joint project by Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch at Cruise Center Steinwerder, is undergoing a test run until 22 September 2016. The power storage consists of 2,600 battery modules from more than 100 electric vehicles. It has an output of two megawatts (MW) and a storage capacity of 2,800 kilowatt hours (kWh). The storage produces primary control power that is necessary for keeping supply frequency stable at 50 Hertz.