The Port of Valencia will become the first port in Europe to use hydrogen energy as a way of reducing emissions in its container terminal operations, according to a statement.
In order to gauge the viability of alternative energies, the port will initiate a pilot project which will see reach stackers and tractors being fuelled by hydrogen batteries during real-time operations.
In addition, it will also see the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station, which will be developed with the aim of contributing to the decarbonization of the logistic-port chain.
The pilot scheme, called the H2Ports project, is expected to cost approximately US$4.54 million, will bring together the National Hydrogen Center, MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Ballard Power Systems and ENEGAS.
Furthermore, it has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU), a research partnership that develops fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.
In a statement, the port said: With the implementation of the actions derived from the H2PORTS project, the Port Authority and the port community continue on the path of finding less polluting fuels for their use in ports and thus contribute to the decarbonization of the activities related to the transport”.