Zero-carbon terminal opens at Tianjin Port

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Aerial photo shows a container vessel sailing into Tianjin Port in north China's Tianjin Municipality, Feb. 22, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

A smart container terminal with zero carbon emissions started operations Sunday in north China's Tianjin Port.

The terminal was built in 21 months.

It is the world's first "smart" and "zero-carbon" terminal -- an example for the intelligent upgrade and low-carbon development of ports all over the world, said Chu Bin, chairman of the board of the Tianjin Port (Group) Co., Ltd.

The terminal has an "intelligent brain." Based on AI technology, the brain can automatically give the best loading and unloading plans and control each equipment, leading to 20 percent higher efficiency compared to traditional terminals.

The terminal has also used intelligent horizontal transportation robots equipped with various sensors such as laser radars, cameras and millimeter-wave radars. A base station with the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was established at the terminal, which can achieve dynamic high-precision positioning with the help of 5G technology.

Doing away with fossil energy, the terminal only relies on wind power and photoelectricity. Its energy consumption can be reduced by over 17 percent compared with traditional automated terminals.

The smart zero-carbon terminal has a designed annual throughput of 2.5 million twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) containers.

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