Spain’s Port of Valencia is set to launch the H2Ports pilot project to utilise hydrogen energy for carrying out operations at its container terminals.

The pilot is part of the port’s plan to tap the potential of renewable energies. It is expected to be completed with an investment of €4m.

As part of the project, the port will initially use hydrogen batteries to power a reach stacker and a terminal tractor in real-time conditions at the port’s Grimaldi and MSC terminals.

The project will also involve the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station, which will be developed in accordance with existing safety and economic profitability criteria. It will also support the decarbonisation of the port’s logistics chain.

In a statement, Port of Valencia 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 decarbonisation of the activities related to the transport.

“The energy of hydrogen is an alternative energy source that can be used instead of coal or oil.

“The Port Authority and the port community continue on the path of finding less polluting fuels for their use in ports.”

“This means that hydrogen is a viable source of energy, which does not pollute the planet as fossil fuels and biomass can do.”

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Valenciaport Foundation, National Hydrogen Center, MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, and Hyster-Yale, Atena, will also participate in H2Ports.

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) have provided funding for the project.

In 2017, Port Authority of Valencia and Valenciaport Foundation signed a collaboration agreement with FCHJU to take part in the Regions and Cities initiative.

The agreement has helped the Port Authority of Valencia to encourage the use of hydrogen and fuel cells as an alternative source of energy within the port and reduce carbon footprint.