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Shore power pilot project now includes local energy

The Shore Power pilot project is now an example of a decentralized energy market with the addition of the energy company AEB Amsterdam.

At the end of 2016 Senfal, the Port of Amsterdam and Energy eXchange Enablers (EXE) started the Shore Power pilot project. The first phase of the pilot focused on the smart purchase of shore power by the Port of Amsterdam. More recently, the project took another step as resource and energy company AEB Amsterdam was added as a partner. AEB generates sustainable energy, which is now delivered directly to shore-side power outlets within the pilot project. This makes the pilot project a prime example of a sustainable, decentralized energy market model for the future.

Shore Power Pilot Project

In order to purchase shore power cheaper and more efficiently, a few steps need to be taken. First Senfal’s software connects the ship docking schedules to predictions of energy use. This generates an accurate load profile, indicating the amount of electricity needed per hour. Next, the self-learning software automatically places the procurement orders. Using EXE’s trading platform Entrnce, the Port of Amsterdam is able to buy directly from the wholesale market (APX). In short, by skipping several steps in the energy chain and using self-learning forecasts to predict how much energy is needed the next day, a lot of money can be saved. 

Now: Locally Generated Sustainable Energy by AEB Amsterdam

The next step in the pilot project has already been implemented with success: locally generated electricity by AEB now powers the shore-side outlets of the port. This means the port is able to buy energy in a smart and cheaper way. However, this is only one of their goals. The port also wants to be able to guarantee the delivery of energy when the level of variable electricity production (like wind and solar energy) grows and when that energy is used in more variable ways. The connection to AEB marks the first step towards this goal. AEB’s electricity is produced locally from waste and is 54% sustainable, since a lot of organic material is processed at the plant. Senfal makes sure the port’s procurement orders are connected to the production of AEB.


The Port of Amsterdam has the ambition to bring together multiple local sustainable energy producers and users in the future. The software made by Senfal is able to match the electricity supply and demand, creating a single system. Moreover, Senfal can also use the flexibility generated by the energy consumption in this pool, to solve the imbalance on the grid. This steps up the innovation and sustainability of the pilot project even further to provide a genuine example of a local sustainable energy network.