Valencia may become the first port in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. A reach stacker for loading/unloading and transporting containers and a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations will be the first machines powered by hydrogen fuel cells that will operate in real conditions in the harbor.
The initiative is promoted by Valencia port and is part of its strategic plan for the development of renewable energy. The pilot project, called H2Ports, also includes the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station which in the initial phase of the project will work in the Valencia Terminal Europa and MSC terminals of the port. This station will be developed with criteria of safety and economic profitability with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the logistic-port chain.
The H2Ports project will entail a total investment of 4 million and will involve the participation of Valencia port authority, the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Center, and the private companies MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and Enagas. The project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) initiative, a public-private partnership that promotes the adoption of hydrogen as a low-emission alternative and receives support through the Research and Innovation programs Horizon 2020 of the European Union.
Within the framework of its energy strategy, the port of Valencia incorporated in 2017 the use of hydrogen and fuel cells as alternative energy source, in order to enhance the continuous reduction of emissions and the so-called Carbon Footprint.
The strategy received a definitive boost in June 2017 when the port authority and the Valenciaport Foundation signed a collaboration agreement with the FCHJU for their participation in the Regions and Cities initiative with the aim of promoting the use of hydrogen and fuel cells in the port of Valencia. With the aforementioned agreement, the port authority and Fundación Valenciaport are part of the more than 88 regions and cities belonging to 22 countries of the European Union that have already signed this memorandum, among which are the cities of London, Reykjavik, Venice or Hamburg and the regions of Pays de la Loire or Rhin-Westphalia, among others.
The H2Ports project will allow to demonstrate the use in real operations of these new prototypes in the Grimaldi and MSC terminals, thus becoming the first European port facilities that will use hydrogen-fueled machinery.
With the implementation of the actions derived from the H2PORTS project, the Valencia port authority and port community continue on the path of finding less polluting fuel for their use in ports and thus contribute to the decarbonization of transport activities.
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Source: Port of Valencia