The Port of Barcelona has a remarkable potential for photovoltaic generation, which can contribute to a sustainable energy supply of port facilities. It is also studying other ways to decarbonise, such as biofuels from MARPOL waste or the generation of green hydrogen.


Photovoltaic potential

In the near future, a range of multiple possibilities opens up in which ports play a fundamental role for the decarbonisation of the economy. As points of intersection between land and sea, they can become catalysts for change in a multitude of sectors, ranging from maritime to energy.

For example, in the Port of Barcelona, the potential for photovoltaic generation on decks and surfaces of the port area is about 92 MW of peak power, with a production of about 120 GWh per year. According to the studies carried out, some 310 photovoltaic panel units could be installed, between pergolas and roofs, which would occupy an area of 627,000 m2.

This production could cover 50% of the estimated electricity consumption of the Port of Barcelona or avoid approximately 50% of the fuel consumption derived from the stays of all the ships for a year. This could cover part of the energy supply needs of the port facilities. Or respond to the electricity demand of ships connected in the future to the electricity grid.

The idea is not only to generate photovoltaic energy, but also to share it. In 2019, in fact, a pilot project was launched at the fishermen's wharf.

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    Mapa del potencial de generación de renovables del Port de Barcelona (los colores distinguen los diferentes tipos de cubiertas).
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    Cubierta con paneles fotovoltaicos de la Comunidad Energética del muelle de Pescadors.