HHLA, Linde Engineering build hydrogen filling station at Port of Hamburg


Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has commissioned Linde Engineering to build a hydrogen filling station within the scope of its Clean Port & Logistics innovation cluster. 

The filling station will be a part of the test centre for hydrogen powered port logistics at the Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) in the Port of Hamburg. 

The hydrogen filling station is being developed as part of HHLA’s Clean Port & Logistics cluster to fuel hydrogen-powered heavy goods vehicles and terminal equipment and to test them in operation. 

The filling station is expected to begin operation in 2023. 

The heart of the filling station is an energy-efficient high-pressure ionic compressor that compresses the hydrogen up to 450 bar. 

This will allow equipment such as straddle carriers, empty container stackers, forklift trucks, reach stackers, terminal tractor units and trucks to be refuelled with hydrogen efficiently.  

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Head of the HHLA Hydrogen Network, Dr Georg Böttner, explained: “With the construction of the filling station, the required infrastructure is now being created to speed up the transition to emissions free heavy goods logistics and port operations, and to drive forward the decarbonisation of logistics.” 

Linde Engineering Executive Vice President Components, Dr Alexander Unterschütz, further emphasised: “Efficient, and most importantly, safe refuelling of various hydrogen vehicles is essential for sustainable and seamless port operations.” 

HHLA established Clean Port & Logistics (CPL) as an innovation cluster to test hydrogen powered equipment in port logistics. 

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The aim of the project is to examine how hydrogen can be used to reliably supply power to harbour technology and port logistics. 

The heart of the CPL innovation cluster is a test centre at HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg, where hydrogen-powered equipment can be tested on actual port handling operations and heavy goods transport.

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