Credit Port of Oakland.

The Northern California port of Oakland has given the green light to a $2m design for renewable energy infrastructure by Burn & McDonnel.

It will deliver electrical infrastructure that incorporates green technology including solar generation, battery storage systems and a fuel cell, as well as the replacement of a substation and connecting circuitry.

The project will help the port deliver on its 2019 initiative, The Seaport Air Quality 2020 and Beyond Plan, to create a zero-emissions seaport, and supports the aim to transition all heavy-duty trucks and cargo-handling equipment to electric.

A spokesperson for Burns & McDonnel told the Loadstar: “This builds on the back of our history of supporting port operators in looking at clean energy projects and how they can decarbonise.”

The infrastructure upgrade will be funded by a federal Port Infrastructure Development Program grant, awarded to the port by the US Department of Transportation in December.

Port of Oakland maritime director Bryan Brandes sees this as “a major step toward our goal to make the Oakland seaport a zero-emissions operation.”

The new infrastructure will serve the former Oakland army base and outer harbour sites, as well as improving the maritime area’s electrical grid resiliency.

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