The new power conversion station at Ports of Toulon Bay, France, will be completed by the end of spring 2023
Ports of Toulon Bay in France is nearing completion on its new shore power conversion station, which will produce enough energy to power one cruise ship and two ferries simultaneously.
The 40-metre-long conversion station aims to improve air quality in the area and to eliminate noise and vibrations within the port. It will convert 20,000 volts of electricity – sourced from the local grid, hydrogen, solar energy and battery packs – into between 6,600 and 11,000 volts of energy.
The station will supply each of the port’s three piers with shore power, including the Fournel pier, which accommodates cruise ships up to 290 metres long.
The €23 million ($25 million) project has been funded by Toulon Provence Mediterranée Metropolis, the French State, Region Sud and Var French Department. Construction work will be completed by the end of spring 2023 and trials will begin in September.