BYD, an electric vehicle manufacturing company, says it joined City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka; and representatives from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), South Coast Air Quality Management District and others on July 12 to celebrate the official launch of the Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project.
As previously reported, the $26.6 million Green Omni Terminal Demonstration project is a full-scale, real-time demonstration of zero- and near-zero emission technologies at a working marine terminal. The project is funded in part by a $14.5 million grant from CARB for reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
According to BYD, the project will be the world’s first marine terminal generating all of its energy needs from renewable sources at full build-out.
“The Green Omni Terminal Demonstration Project is a great example of moving forward to achieve greater emission reductions from port-related sources and improving air quality for those who live in the neighborhoods next to the port,” says Seroka.
According to BYD, the true zero-emissions demonstration included two electric trucks charged by battery storage systems with solar power.
BYD served as the original equipment manufacturer, providing a 2.6 MW battery storage system and two Class 8 electric yard trucks for the demonstration. The BYD battery storage system will be used to store solar power to recharge the BYD electric yard trucks, thus providing a sustainable and truly zero-emission operation.
With BYD’s participation in this project, this will be the company’s first time taking transportation off the grid and making it 100% renewable and self-sufficient in North America.
BYD expects to deliver the trucks and the battery storage system by the end of this year.