Within the framework of the European project H2PORTS, led by the Valenciaport Foundation and in which the Port Authority of Valencia also participates, the National Hydrogen Center (CNH2) is developing a refueling station that will guarantee the supply of hydrogen, in adequate conditions, during the simultaneous operation of the other two pilots that will be tested throughout the project: a Reach Stacker, for MSC Terminal Valencia, and a 4×4 terminal tractor unit, for Valencia Terminal Europe of the Grimaldi Group, both powered by fuel cells.
Given that each of these two pilot trials will take place at different terminals in the port of Valencia, the developed hydrogen station will be a flexible and mobile solution, especially considering that the equipment cannot circulate outside the terminal area.
Regarding the technical features, the station system will include a fixed part that will be dedicated to receiving and storing hydrogen from an external supplier and compressing it to delivery pressure, and a mobile part that will store the compressed hydrogen, and will include a hydrogen dispenser for refueling port machinery.
The refueling point will consist of three main components: a low pressure hydrogen reservoir where the hydrogen will be discharged; a two-stage water-cooled piston hydrogen compressor with integrated heat exchangers in the system; and a mobile high pressure storage and hydrogen supply unit, consisting of two stages of hydrogen storage at 300 and 450 bar and a 350 bar dispenser for heavy vehicles with communications.
The availability of a supply infrastructure at the port of Valencia will create the perfect environment for testing possible future uses of fuel cells in the port maritime sector, which is intended to be exploited not only during the trial period but also after the project completion.
Source: Valenciaport Foundation