Valencia Terminal Europa and MSC Terminal Valencia will trial hydrogen-powered handling equipment in the latest EU-funded project
The H2 Ports project represents an investment of €4M. Like the earlier LNG-fuelled terminal tractor project, it is coordinated by Fundación Valenciaport in collaboration with the Port Authority of Valencia. It is funded by the EU-backed Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) programme.
Valencia will be the first European port to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations.
Specifically, 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; a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations; and a mobile hydrogen refuelling station.
The equipment will operate in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europe) and MSC terminals during the initial phase of the project.
Apart from the named parties, other participants are Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno, Hyster-Yale, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and Enagás.
Hyster Europe has been developing a hydrogen fuel cell/battery hybrid laden container hadling mast truck for the past three years.
However, the trial equipment appears to be fuel cell powered. Last November French supermarket chain inaugurated 137 hydrogen fuel cell FLTs from Still at its DC in Vendin Le Viel. This so-called Hylift Europe project, including a hydrogen refuelling station from L’Air Liquide, is also co-funded by the FCH JU.
Most likely the tractor will be a 4x4 Terberg machine and, if so, Terberg will support the project together with some of the participants. This unit will have to be equipped with a fuel cell to comply with the demands of the project.
The three members of FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by Hydrogen Europe Research.