The main scope of the ALFION project (ALternative Fuel Implementation in igOumeNitsa), co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility of the European Union, is to transform the Port of Igoumenitsa into an energy hub in the Adriatic-Ionian Sea, providing sustainable solutions based on the requirements of the port’s marine and vehicle traffic.
The ALFION project aims at providing the necessary final studies and engineering designs for the development of onshore power supply at the Port of Igoumenitsa, introducing renewable energy sources to the power system of the port, and at creating a central power management system that will regulate the energy network of the port, maximizing the environmental and financial benefits for the port and the entire area.
ALFION contributes to the fulfilment of three key needs:
- Significant upgrade of the port infrastructure that will increase the port’s power management efficiency and materialise the port’s plan to offer on-shore power supply to vessels and construct charging stations for vehicles.
- Deployment of Renewable Energy Sources inside and around the port area so that a significant portion of energy demand is covered by own resources, allowing for efficiently managing and offering electric power to the grid.
- Provision of green electric energy to ships at berth via ship-to-shore power interconnections and to road vehicles via recharging power stations, reducing ship emissions and noise and the overall environmental footprint of transport activities in the port area.