H2PORTS

H2PORTS

The H2PORTS project aims to boost the transition of the European port industry towards an effective low-carbon/zero-emission and safe operative model, piloting, evaluating and demonstrating new Fuel Cell (FC) technologies oriented to increase energy efficiency, decarbonisation and safety of port terminals.

The H2PORTS project aims to boost the transition of the European port industry towards an effective low-carbon/zero-emission and safe operative model, piloting, evaluating and demonstrating new Fuel Cell (FC) technologies oriented to increase energy efficiency, decarbonisation and safety of port terminals. 

The pilots to be tested in the project will be the first experiences of the use of hydrogen technologies in port handling equipment in Europe.

The project will demonstrate and validate at the Port of Valencia in real port operations two innovative solutions based on FC technologies and a hydrogen mobile supply station specifically designed for the project. A Reach Stacker to be tested in MSC Terminal Valencia and a Terminal Tractor to be tested in Valencia Terminal Europa (part of Grimaldi’s group) have been selected as those specially fitted to the use of FC in port facilities. The project will run the equipment on a daily basis during two years of real operational activities and will analyse ways of improving the energy efficiency, performance and safety of operations with FC port equipment. 

The project will also take into account transversal issues such as the human factor, regulation, the future roll out of the technology on a fully commercial basis and the raise of awareness of the potential of hydrogen adoption as an alternative fuel in port equipment.