The Port of Valencia will use hydrogen battery-propelled machinery to become the first port in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce emissions and the environmental impact of its operations.
A reachstacker and terminal tractor will be operated using hydrogen batteries as part of a pilot project which also includes the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station, or “hydrogenera”, which in the initial phase of the ‘H2Ports’ project will work in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europa) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia.
This station will be developed with safety and economic profitability in mind and with the aim of contributing to the decarbonisation of the logistic-port chain.
Part of the port’s plan for the development of renewable energies, the €4m H2Ports project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCHJU).
It will also involve the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Center, MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and ENAGAS.
The strategy received a definitive boost in June 2017 when the port authority and the Valenciaport Foundation signed a collaboration agreement with the FCH JU 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.