The Pasha terminal of the Los Angeles port has partnered with the California Air Resources Board to launch their collaborative Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project to adopt zero-emission technologies to cater to energy needs.
The project will involve a full-scale, real-time assessment of zero and near-zero emission technologies at an operational terminal, marking the Pasha terminal’s commitment to supplying energy and basic goods to Southern California, and serve as the military base during natural or man-made catastrophes.
It will involve Pasha incorporating a fleet of new and retrofitted zero-emission electric vehicles and cargo-handling equipment featuring four electrified yard tractors, two high-tonnage forklifts, two drayage trucks, and a top handler with two wharf cranes, which will be upgraded with new electrical drives and control systems.
The project will exhibit ShoreCat, the advanced Marine Exhaust Treatment System (METS-1), which will enable detection of ship emissions without plugging into shore power.
The Pasha terminal will feature a microgrid that includes a 1.03MW photovoltaic rooftop solar grid, 2.6MW of battery storage, bi-directional charging equipment, and an energy management system that will sustain power supply, even during a powercut.
California Air Resources Board (CARB) chairman Mary Nichols said: "These innovative clean technologies will help clean the air in port-adjacent and disadvantaged communities, and are at the heart of California’s comprehensive effort to meet regional air quality and statewide climate goals."
The project aims at curbing greenhouse gas emissions to more than 3,200t annually, and nearly 28t per year of diesel particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and other harmful emissions, which are anticipated to benefit the neighboring Wilmington in California.
Starting in June, the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project has a total projected expenditure of $26.6m, of which Pasha has pledged $11.4m in cash and in-kind participation, and CARB granted $14.5m.
The project will involve members, including green-tech original equipment manufacturers and technical experts from the private sector, academia and regulatory agencies.
It will also be supported by the engineering firm of Burns & McDonnell; original equipment green-tech manufacturers BYD, Clean Air Engineering Maritime, PermaCity and TransPower; the Coalition for Clean Air acting as the project’s community advisor.
Technical experts from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, and the University of California, Riverside’s College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology are also supporting the project.
Manpower involved in the project will be provided with training of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers.
Image: An illustrative outline of the Pasha Green Omni Terminal. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.