Method for energy audit in SMS-ports
The research and development of a methodology and protocol for energy auditing in SMS Ports is essential to give a comprehensive baseline against which to judge the effectiveness of low carbon technologies.

How will we do this?

To that end, research will identify an appropriate set of methods based on the energy characteristics of ports and the data available. This will assess energy use, types of energy consumption and production, networks for transport and energy storage options. The methodology will be validated through pilot testing and evaluation.
existing models​​​​​​​​

Energy audit methodologies and data collection will be evaluated and a report written as to their efficacy within SMS ports. So existing knowledge will be used and we don't start from scratch to build forwards on good models.
audit tool IJmond

The already existing audit tool of the Dutch research
institute TNO on a business park in its port will be tested, using a SWOT analyse. The knowledge will be shared between the partners.
workshop report

A workshop will be held on the selection of appropriate energy auditing methods, based on the existing models and the audit tool of IJmond.
​Conclusions will be drawn
as to the most appropriate methodology, as well as how this might be adapted or improved.

protocol and guidelines

Based on the research, pre test and workshop, the protocol and guidelines for carrying out energy audits in ports will be developed and discussed with all partners. The methods will be described and justified, including how to use them, with formats and guidelines.
Based on the methodology for energy auditing SMS-ports, investigations will be conducted to improve the final tool through pilot testing to test for the methodologies efficacy and useability. This tool will be used in partner ports to carry out baseline assessments. The objective is to produce an overall baseline against which the effectiveness of future intiatives can be judged. The baseline consists of an overview of current energy usage, production, and carbon emissions. Additionally the options for energy storage and transmission are identified. These measurements will be compared and evaluated to make plans for the reduction of their carbon footprint.

The development of the method is led by Southampton Solent University, but all knowledge and other partners are closely involved.