Energy masterplan to transform Port of Ostend into blue energy expertise hub

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3E, i-propeller, MOP Urban Design, Rebel Group developed an integrated sustainability masterplan for the Ostend Port Authorities, to differentiate and enhance the port’s service offering in blue energy and attract new innovative activity on site.

In particular, 3E buildings and site experts guided the Ostend Port Authority in developing a new sustainable energy strategy for their buildings, which would help them assert their ambitions as a leading hub for European blue energy services.

As industrial zones, with complex terrain and strict constraints on land use, traditionally poor energy performance buildings with unusual heating and cooling needs, ports face unique challenges in implementing sustainability plans but also have great opportunities to improve their footprint and expand their activities through sustainable practices.

Our work focused on 2 key aspects of the new Ostend port strategy:

  • Implementing renewable energy generation on site. We investigated the possible technology choices in terms of needs, site constraints and costs (including heating and cooling networks, biomass, solar, wind) and opted for optimal solutions including solar PV, solar thermal and possibly medium-scale wind on site.
  • Improving appeal and sustainability of buildings, through the use of sustainable building materials and implementation of cost-efficient energy saving measures. Although unusual for this type of industrial building and warehouses, sustainable building materials have significant potential in port areas. Energy savings measures such as improved lighting (control) and better insulation (even in buildings only heated to 10°C) are also clearly cost-effective, as we’ve demonstrated in several previous studies for the market segment.

The strategy is the port’s first step in affirming its positioning.