Deployment of Green Infrastructure in Maltese Port Areas



Transport Malta has deployed thirteen full electric vehicles as part of its general fleet ranging from crew and panel vans, passenger vehicles and quadricycles. These vehicles are used as part of enforcement, maintenance and courier duties carried out by the Authority. Transport Malta also installed a Photovoltaic Plant at the Malta Transport Centre covering a surface area of 1,290 square metres.

These initiatives have been implemented as part of an EU funded project entitled PORT-PVEV which has been co-financed at a rate of 85% through the Operational Programme Italy-Malta 2007-2013.  The project, led by Transport Malta, brought together the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, the Port Authority of Catania and the Province of Caltanissetta. 

Through the project, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure installed three solar electric car charging stations at Ċirkewwa ferry terminal, Ta’ Xbiex Marina and Deep Water Quay car park.   The solar charging stations provide direct sun-to-car electricity through the solar power produced on site which is stored in on site 24kWh lithium-ion batteries.  Through inverters, the battery transfers electricity to charging electric vehicles.  Any extra electricity is absorbed by the grid.  The solar car charging stations are able to produce over 3000 charging events per annum at full carbon neutrality.

Through these initiatives over 200 tonnes of CO2 emissions are saved annually from Maltese port areas.

These results have been made public during the 2nd National Electromobility Conference​ held on 28th October at the Phoenicia hotel.  The conference was organised in conjunction with Greening the Islands, an annual, travelling conference highlighting solutions for sustainability for islands. The event, held between the 28th and 30th October 2015, focuses on transport, energy and water.  It aims at implementing an interdisciplinary approach between these key areas of green economy.


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The Port-PVEV Project​