Valenciaport first in Europe to test hydrogen fuel load

Valenciaport first in Europe to test hydrogen fuel load

The Port of Valencia has welcomed the arrival of the first load of hydrogen (H2) to supply the refuelling station located on the Xità quay.

Hydrogen loading tests were first announced in early January.

The port is now the first in Europe to have a hydrogen installation in real operating conditions.

The hydrogen supply station (HRS) includes a fixed part dedicated to the reception, storage, and compression of hydrogen up to delivery pressure, and a mobile part which stores the compressed hydrogen and has a dispenser for refuelling the port machinery.

The test was attended by technicians from the Port Authority of Valencia, the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Centre, and Carburos Metálicos, the company supplying the hydrogen.

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In the coming weeks, a team of dockers and technicians from Valenciaport will travel to Holland to test the reachstacker vehicle – which is being designed by Hyster Europe – and the ro-ro tractor – adapted by Atena Distretto.

Both will run on fuel cells and electric motors, which will be powered by hydrogen and will be zero-emission.

The Head of Environmental Policies at the PAV, Raúl Cascajo, said: “This project is strategic for the reduction of emissions and is in addition to other initiatives such as the installation of photovoltaic plants or wind turbines to meet our commitment to be a zero emissions port by 2030.

“This H2Ports initiative is the first to be carried out in a European port to test mobility and its use in machinery. With this milestone of the first hydrogen loading of the supply station we put in value and real facts Valenciaport’s commitment to decarbonisation.”

The €4 million ($4.25 million) H2Ports initiative is coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation in close collaboration with the Port Authority. Additional funding comes from the Clean Hydrogen JU programme of the European Union.

At the end of last year, the Port of Valencia announced it will commit €1.56 billion ($1.64 billion) to a new container terminal.

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