The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has signed an agreement with Air Products to accelerate the expansion of a comprehensive hydrogen value chain in the Port of Hamburg.
Both parties share the goal of accelerating the expansion of hydrogen production, supply chains and consumption in Northern Germany and the City of Hamburg, and under this agreement, they will focus on finding viable ways to increase demand for the alternative fuel and drive the decarbonisation of heavy-duty vehicles and industry.
Air Products has already made a name for itself as the supplier of hydrogen to the Port of Hamburg and Germany in general for more than 40 years. It has also already supplied numerous hydrogen filling stations throughout Germany, including a new one that is set to open later on in 2022.
“Air Products’ interest underlines the potential of the Port of Hamburg with regard to the development of the hydrogen infrastructure,” said Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economic and Innovation in Hamburg.
“I am delighted that Air Products, with its global hydrogen expertise, is partnering with the Port of Hamburg to build a sustainable hydrogen supply chain. This is an important part of Hamburg’s package of measures on the way to becoming a climate-neutral port.”
Jens Meier, CEO of the HPA, added: “The HPA is committed to sustainable and innovative technologies and their use in the port, thereby supporting decarbonisation and the clean air plan of the City of Hamburg. This agreement is another step on our way to take concrete action here.”
Kurt Lefevere, Vice President of Northern Continent at Air Products, also commented: “Ports and their industrial settlements in Hamburg and worldwide play a decisive role in the expansion of hydrogen use in the energy transition.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with the HPA, to share our proven knowledge and experience across the hydrogen supply chain and to explore ways to support them on their journey to sustainability and further Germany’s ambitious decarbonisation agenda.”
Earlier this year, the HPA also founded a comprehensive technology partnership with Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) Sky.
This partnership will see both companies working on the use of automated drones at the Port of Hamburg. This emerging technology will assist in finding many solutions for logistics, sensory, or coordinative processes.