Together with inland container terminal BCTN, SMART HUB Logistics is developing a local energy hub on the premises of both companies.
Charging batteries for inland vessels.
The first phase of this energy hub is aimed at the maritime part: charging batteries for barges. The charging infrastructure is being designed in such a way that there is enough capacity for two interchangeable energy containers at a time. These are 20ft containers, holding batteries for the vessels.
These so-called ZESpacks (from Zero Emission Services) are charged with sustainably generated energy. The charging station can charge two ZESpacks in parallel in just 2.5 hours. When empty, the skippers can switch over from the empty battery to a full one very quickly (within 15 minutes).
Starting early 2024
Preparations and permit application procedures started at the end of 2022. It is expected that the maritime part of the energy hub will be ready for use in early 2024.
Charging of other vehicles
In the more distant future the energy hub will also have sufficient capacity to charge other vehicles. Especially with the bordering Bossche BouwHub, this presents many sustainable solutions for an emission-free last mile to the city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.