SUNTRAIN AND THE PORT OF LONG BEACH MOVE
TO REVOLUTIONIZE GREEN ENERGY DISTRIBUTION
LONG BEACH, Calif., November 14, 2023 — SunTrain, a pioneer in the delivery of renewable energy via containerized batteries on existing freight rail networks, is joining forces with the Port of Long Beach, the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade. This groundbreaking partnership is set to reshape the landscape of energy distribution and contribute significantly to a greener, more sustainable future.
SunTrain’s innovative approach, known as “Trainsmission,” capitalizes on the efficiency and reliability of the nation’s existing rail network. By utilizing railcars carrying containerized batteries, SunTrain can transport and deliver more than a Gigawatt-hour of green energy per train run. This innovative approach offers a cost-effective and rapid solution to transmission bottlenecks and a lack of utility-scale energy storage that have plagued the
renewable energy sector.
The Port of Long Beach, a trailblazer in innovative goods movement, safety, environmental stewardship, and sustainability, is the perfect partner for SunTrain’s ambitious goals. Voted “Best West Coast Seaport,” the Port handles trade valued at $200 billion annually and supports millions of jobs across the Nation. The Port’s commitment to efficiency, sustainability, and innovation aligns perfectly with SunTrain’s mission to revolutionize
renewable energy distribution.
By welcoming today’s largest vessels and serving 175 shipping lines with connections to 217 seaports worldwide, the Port of Long Beach is a crucial player in the global supply chain. In 2022, the Port handled more than 9.1 million container units, marking one of its busiest years in history.
That same year, California forfeited nearly 30 terawatt-hours of renewable power due to transmission infrastructure and energy storage inadequacies. This lost clean energy could have powered 4.75 million California homes for an entire year. SunTrain’s Trainsmission seeks to address this issue by utilizing the existing rail infrastructure to deliver green energy directly to homes and businesses, reducing the need for new, expensive transmission lines.
With this demonstration, SunTrain and the Port of Long Beach are on the path to creating a modern, efficient, and sustainable energy distribution network. As part of a $2.2 billion capital improvement program, the Port is investing in state-of-the-art marine and rail facilities that will enhance the reliable, safe, and sustainable movement of goods while generating thousands of new jobs.
The collaboration between SunTrain and the Port of Long Beach marks a significant step toward a greener, more sustainable future, addressing the pressing need for efficient renewable energy distribution and enhancing America’s position in the global trade landscape.
SunTrain resolves massive transmission bottlenecks that are throttling renewable energy generation. SunTrain seamlessly stores green energy from remote solar and wind farms within customized battery containers that are transported over existing railroad networks. This links generation sites and congested substation nodes, bypassing the conventional transmission system. According to the DoE’s 2023 Transmission Study, the U.S. requires 115,000 gigawatt-miles of new transmission lines by 2040, double its current capacity. SunTrain solves these colossal problems through a new means of green energy distribution: “trainsmission”. SunTrain serves regions where energy storage is nearly nonexistent and new traditional hard-wired transmission lines face insurmountable
About the Port of Long Beach
The Port of Long Beach is a global leader in green port initiatives and top-notch customer service, moving cargo with reliability, speed and efficiency. As the premier U.S. gateway for trans-Pacific trade, the Port handles trade valued at $200 billion annually and supports 2.6 million jobs across the United States, including 575,000 in Southern California and 1 in 5 jobs in Long Beach. In 2022, industry leaders named it “The Best West Coast Seaport in North America for the fourth consecutive year. The Port had its second-busiest year ever in 2022, with 9.13 million twenty-foot equivalent units handled. During the next 10 years, the Port is planning $2.2 billion in capital improvements aimed at enhancing capacity, competitiveness and sustainability.