Simon Bullock's PhD focuses on ascertaining the potential for UK shore power, identifying the barriers to its implementation, and assessing solutions to overcome these barriers.
The shipping sector need to make a rapid transition away from fossil fuels to play its part in meeting the Paris Agreement climate change goals.
The use of electricity by ships can help reduce fossil fuel use. First, ships can use electricity instead of diesel to provide power while at berth. Second, battery-powered electric and hybrid ships are becoming more common.
But both of these developments require new infrastructure in ports to allow ships to connect to the power grid: “shore-power”. Although such shore-power facilities exist at 96 ports globally, uptake is extremely low in the UK.