IOTICS embarks on delivering Digital Twins for Portsmouth International Port

IOTICS, the innovative interoperability startup, as part of The Shipping, Hydrogen & Port Ecosystems UK (SHAPE UK) project are among the winners of the UK’s biggest clean-maritime competition. The SHAPE UK project was awarded £1.5 million to develop and demonstrate a Green Hydrogen energy system within Portsmouth International Port.

News 11 Oct 2021 by Sophie Peachey

IOTICS and their partners have been awarded £1.5m to fund an ambitious project to demonstrate an achievable modular green hydrogen generation system within Portsmouth International Port.  

The Shipping, Hydrogen & Port Ecosystems UK (SHAPE UK)  project is part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK.

Portsmouth International Port is the UK’s largest and most successful municipal port, owned by Portsmouth City Council, and is one of the sites of the new Solent Freeport. It is committed to becoming the first carbon neutral UK port by 2030, and the first zero-emission port by 2050. 

Jerry Clarke, Senior Project Manager at Portsmouth International Port, said: 

“As a port operating in the heart of a major city, and that is owned by the people of Portsmouth, we have an obligation to do everything we can to minimise our impact as we continue to grow in the coming years.”

IOTICS and their partners will create a digital twin of the port, interoperating existing and emerging data from the port and its activities and gathering data from the working Hydrogen electrolyser. The IOTICS-enabled semantically defined digital twins, interoperating with data sources uncovered by KnowNow and deployed by Barter4Things will be an amalgamation to virtualise both dockside and offshore activities. Connected Places Catapult and Portsmouth University will leverage data from the digital twins within the port ecosystem to enhance and optimize operations with decision-support tools. 

The digital-twin approach enables extensible scalable ecosystems translatable to other use cases and other locations, offering a flexible foundation for further development. 

Sophie Peachey, Head of Customer Success at IOTICS said: 

“This project gives us many options to showcase the usefulness of the Digital-Twin approach because we will be reusing data across different use cases. We will be looking at the business case for deploying renewable and clean fuels as well as the logistics of how onshore equipment as well as sea-going vessels will be refuelled around the ongoing operations of a busy port. We’ll also be setting up the foundations of ways to look at environmental impacts of switching to clean fuel sources.”

Dr David Hutchinson, a Reader in Environmental Innovation and Innovation and Impact Development Manager for the Faculty of Technology at the University of Portsmouth, said:

“The government has a very ambitious environmental target within the maritime sector. SHAPE UK represents a milestone in the move to innovative low-cost Green Hydrogen generation and storage systems that bring significant reduction in carbon emissions and air pollution in and around Portsmouth and other UK ports”.

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