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Zach Birmingham

Zach Birmingham is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the Port of San Diego’s Energy and Policy Team currently working on clean transportation, energy efficiency and new technology projects. His current projects include electric vehicle charging installations, advanced marine technologies, port electrification, clean fuels, managing the Port’s Green Marine program, and vessel speed reduction. He holds a BA from CSU Maritime Academy, and a Master's Degree from UC San Diego.


Crowley's eWolf at Port of San Diego: the United States' first electric tug

Crowley's eWolf is a project at the Port of San Diego which includes an electric tugboat, microgrid, and landside charging infrastructure. This presentation brings together key members of the project team to discuss what it took to bring this innovative idea to reality. Thomas MacLean from Port of San Diego will direct the presentation. Greg Glover from Crowley Maritime will speak about how the concept for the eWolf came to fruition. Zach Birmingham will provide the perspective of the Port, and Kelvin Ellis from the utility San Diego Gas and Electric will provide insight into utility considerations. Following the presentations, these technical experts and organizational representatives from the maritime, engineering, utility, and government sectors will get together and take questions from the audience and discuss this unique endeavor to deliver the United States' first electric tugboat.