Energy management software: helping navigate a sea of data

Energy management in port logistics

Even so-called mobile energy properties such as those in the container terminal of Bremerhaven can be monitored by energy management software to improve energy efficiency. (Copyright: bremenports GmbH & Co. KG)

To simplify and speed up the flow of data revolving around its energy use and billing, German port management company bremenports started using the energy management software IngSoft InterWatt last year. The ISO 50001-certified port management company has been operating the infrastructure of the ports of Bremen and Bremerhaven since January 2002 on behalf of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. This includes the operation of locks, bridges, pumping stations, port railway interlockings, point heaters, workshops and administrative buildings, cathodic protection and the land vehicle fleet. However, the software also factors in the energy demand of ships, such as work barges, survey vessels, dumping scows, hopper dredgers and floating dredgers. Over 300 main meters collect data on electricity, gas and marine diesel consumption in particular, allowing IngSoft InterWatt to establish a valid data pool. Central, cross-departmental data management and the integration of automatically monitored sub-meters bring structure to energy management. Beyond that, the software makes the collection of billing data significantly simpler by using standard utility rates. The port operator’s existing geographic information system is integrated for this purpose, since information on the individual meter locations is critical. IngSoft InterWatt’s expanded mobile app also lightens workloads and saves time. It can gather location data as well as the data from all manually read meters. In the intermediate term, it should be possible to add data from utility companies into the software via an MSCONS interface.

More information: IngSoft

IngSoft is an exhibitor at EM-Power 2019, booth C4.160C.