The Port of Valencia will be the first port in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. In particular, 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 batteries that will operate under real conditions in the Valencian enclave.
The initiative is being promoted by the Port of Valencia and is part of its strategic plan for the development of renewable energies. The pilot project, called H2Ports, also includes the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station, or ‘hydrogenera’, which in the initial phase of the project will work at the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europa) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia, as reported by the entity in a statement.
This station will be developed with criteria of safety and economic profitability with the aim of contributing to the decarbonization of the logistic-port chain.
The H2Ports project will involve a total investment of 4 million euros and, in addition to the Port Authority of Valencia, will have the participation of 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.
Uses of hydrogen in the Port of Valencia
Within the framework of its energy strategy, the Port of Valencia incorporated in 2017 the use of hydrogen and fuel cells as an alternative energy, to meet its goals of continuous improvement in the reduction of emissions and the so-called Carbon Footprint.
The strategy received a definitive impetus 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 boosting the use of hydrogen and fuel cells in the Port of Valencia.
With the aforementioned agreement, APV and Valenciaport Foundation become part of the more than 88 regions and cities belonging to 22 countries of the European Union that have already signed this memorandum and among which the cities of London, Reykjavik, Venice or Hamburg and the regions of Pays de la Loire or Rhin-Westphalia are included.
The H2Ports project will demonstrate these new prototypes in real operations at the terminals of Grimaldi and MSC, thus becoming the first European port facilities that will use hydrogen-propelled machinery.
With the implementation of the actions under the H2PORTS project, the Port Authority and the port community progress on the path of finding less polluting fuels for their use in ports and thus contribute to the decarbonization of activities related to the transport.