A project which will see Valencia’s port in Spain become the first in Europe to use hydrogen-powered machinery kicked off yesterday.

H2Ports will test and validate hydrogen technologies for port machinery in order to achieve solutions that produce zero local emissions, without affecting the performance and safety of port operations.

The pilot project will allow these prototypes to be demonstrated at the Grimaldi and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia, which will become the first European port to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.

With a total investment of €4m, H2Ports is being coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport in close collaboration with the Port Authority of Valencia and is funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) programme.

Within the framework of this project, three pilot initiatives will be tested in real-world operating conditions at the Port of Valencia:

  • A hydrogen-fuelled reach stacker for loading/unloading and transporting containers
  • A terminal tractor for ro-ro operations, powered by hydrogen fuel cells
  • A mobile hydrogen refuelling station that will supply the fuel needed to ensure the continuous work cycles of the above mentioned machinery, and that will operate in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europe) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia during the initial phase of the project

H2Ports will also carry out feasibility studies on the development of a sustainable hydrogen supply chain, coordinating all the actors involved – customers, hydrogen producers, suppliers etc.

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Source: FCH JU

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