Germany-based logistics firm duisport has revealed plans to establish the trimodal Duisburg Gateway Terminal (DGT) in collaboration with Cosco Shipping Logistics, Hupac and the HTS Group.

The DGT will be Europe’s first climate-neutral container terminal powered by hydrogen technology once it is operational.

The terminal is expected to be completed by 2023.

Under the enerPort project, duisport and the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) developed customised models and selected modern technologies for this upcoming hub.

As part of the follow-up enerPort II project, a sustainable energy system will be installed at the DGT to incorporate renewable energies, energy storage, consumers and other hydrogen solutions.

duisport said that enerPort II is the first hydrogen project to be ‘implemented directly’ at the Port of Duisburg.

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Other entities involved in the project include Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems business unit, Westenergie Netzservice, Netze Duisburg, Stadtwerke Duisburg and Stadtwerke Duisburg Energiehandel.

The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection is backing the project financially under the Hydrogen Technology Offensive for a period of four years.

duisport sustainability manager and corporate development deputy head Alexander Garbar said: “Specifically, we will implement a sustainable, hydrogen-based energy concept that aims for a high level of self-sufficiency.

“An intelligent local energy network couples and controls renewable energies in the form of photovoltaic and hydrogen-based combined heat and power plants with electrical and thermal energy storage systems, as well as hydrogen storage and consumers such as onshore power, charging stations and crane systems.”

During the last phase following two construction stages, a modal split will be introduced at the DGT.

This will allow 40% transport by rail, 40% transport by inland waterway vessel and 20% transport by road.

The 240,000m² of terminal space will feature six gantry cranes and twelve block train tracks measuring 730m in length, as well as several berths for inland waterway ships.