Hyster to Develop Hydrogen-Powered Tech for MSC Terminal


Hyster Europe has announced it is developing a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrocarbon fuel cell for the Port of Valencia as part of its H2Ports project.

According to a statement, the new technology will make the port the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy in its operations.

The reachstacker is expected to be fully operational by 2021, where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shipping containers alongside the port’s existing reachstackers.


Credit: Hyster Europe


The reachstacker will be central to the H2Ports project, of which the Hyster-Yale Group, the holding company of Hyster Europe, is a key participant.

The project was launched in early 2019 and its aim is to cut emissions in port operations and explore the viability of hydrogen-powered machinery.

A recent Port Technology technical paper looked at how ports are future-proofing themselves 

It will be demonstrated at the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV), which is big enough to service the world’s largest ships.

Speaking about the new reachstacker and the wider H2Ports initiaitive, Jan Willem van den Brand, Director Big Truck Product Strategy and Solutions at Hyster Europe, said: “As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster ReachStacker to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conventional IC reachstacker.

“It has the potential to effectively support port applications with a heavy-duty cycle.

“We plan to maximize uptime, minimize refueling requirements and help applications to manage power consumption while complying with relevant environmental regulations and incentives.

“Achieving zero emissions for container handling equipment at seaports is a substantial challenge.

“The highly demanding and varied duty cycles in these intense operations make battery recharging time a critical factor.  These and other technical limitations have obstructed the electrification of container handlers or large lift trucks until now.”

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