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Rhenus Logistics and QuinteQ successfully complete pilot project for peakshaving port cranes with flywheels


Rotterdam, April 11, 2024 – Rhenus Logistics and QuinteQ are proud to announce the successful completion of a pilot project focused on implementing sustainable energy solutions in the port industry. The demonstration concluded on April 4 at the Rhenus Waalhaven Terminal in Rotterdam with an exclusive visit on the terminal site.


QuinteQ Energy’s innovative flywheel, specifically designed to handle the peak power demands of port cranes, played a central role in the project. This cutting-edge flywheel is planning to deliver crucial value for enabling port electrification in the Port of Rotterdam, providing a solution for the short, high-frequency power peaks associated with lifting heavy loads by port cranes.


“Port cranes require a large amount of power for short periods during lifting operations. When not in use, their power consumption drops to zero. This fluctuation demands a robust power supply capable of handling these extremes,” explains Timo Pauel of QuinteQ Energy.



The QuinteQ Energy flywheel effectively manages and mitigates these power peaks, reducing the load on the electrical grid. This not only allows for more efficient energy use, it also means that ports can expand on their electrical power demand without the need for grid upgrades.


According to Corinna Insel, Sustainability Manager at Rhenus Logistics, the flywheel frees up power capacity that the company can use for other purposes. “The energy transition is a huge challenge. It is still unclear what we will face in terms of electrification. We therefore do not know if there will be enough power available on the grid.”


The successful completion of the pilot project is a promising step towards further implementation of sustainable energy solutions in the port industry. Rhenus Logistics and QuinteQ look forward to further developing and expanding their collaboration to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.


About QuinteQ

At QuinteQ, we have the vision that everyone should have access to clean, affordable & reliable energy. We have taken on the challenge to develop and introduce a high-tech flywheel energy storage technology with the goal to provide an affordable and flexible energy storage solution to support the energy transition. It is our mission to design and build our products with the lowest possible footprint during production, operation, and re-use of the materials once a system is retired.