The Innobarge Project – The details

The InnoBarge project develops a port structure that utilizes solar energy and stimulates economic growth in rural towns found along the rivers.  The port is much smaller than typical cargo ports.  A solar field, advanced microgrid energy management system, robotic barge charging connections, and electric tractors for loading/unloading are the key components.  A large gantry is not necessary.  The rural river environment is ideal for the placement of the port because of the abundance of sunlight and the lower cost of installing a loading and unloading ramp structure.  The port also becomes an energy source for Third-Party Logistics (3PL) and drayage service companies located at the port.  On the Cumberland and Tennessee river, there are only 4 out of over a hundred ports that currently handle goods shipped by container.