HHLA opens hydrogen test field at CTT


HHLA has launched the first hydrogen-powered port logistics test field and refuelling station at the Port of Hamburg’s Container Terminal Tollerort.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has opened the first test field for hydrogen-powered port logistics and the corresponding hydrogen refuelling station in the Port of Hamburg. The test field is located at the Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT).

Together with its partner companies from the Clean Port & Logistics cluster, HHLA is testing the reliability of hydrogen to supply heavy goods vehicles during operations.

In the future, equipment such as straddle carriers, empty container stackers, forklift trucks, reach stackers, tractor units and trucks could be efficiently filled to 350 bar with green hydrogen.

The refuelling station will be open to the public and thus also offer other companies the opportunity to test climate-friendly transport solutions.

The first trials have been conducted at the refuelling station with equipment from Hyster-Yale, VWG Oldenburg and CMB.TECH’s hydrogen truck over the past few weeks.

Hyster’s terminal tractor was developed in collaboration with a yard truck brand Capacity. The machine is powered by Nuvera hydrogen fuel cells. The US companies joined forces in 2020, with Nuvera being a subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Group.

“Hyster is a pioneer in the development of electric heavy-duty trucks including container handling vehicles powered by Nuvera fuel cells. We are excited to be working with HHLA to uncover new possibilities and learnings as we begin testing the Hyster hydrogen fuel cell-powered terminal tractor in a live port application. We continue to collaborate with forward-thinking operations that are keen to explore new solutions as part of their journey towards both sustainability and efficiency,” said Lucien Robroek, President of the Technology Solutions Division at Hyster-Yale Materials Handling.

Since 2022 HHLA has been working with more than 40 partner companies worldwide in the Clean Port & Logistics cluster.

The cluster as well as the refuelling station received funding of approximately three million euros from the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as part of a national innovation programme for hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

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