The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV), along with the Valenciaport Foundation, has partnered with the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) to develop hydrogen projects to be applied in the maritime industry.

The organisations will work on hydrogen generation initiatives, storage stations, delivery and transport in their regions, as well as the use of the energy in terminals and machinery.

This H2Ports project will entail a combined investment of $4.62m (€4m).

Other participating organisations include the National Hydrogen Centre, MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Atena Distretto Alta Tecnología Energía Ambiente, Ballard Power Systems Europe and Enagás.

The initiative is said to enable the Port of Valencia to become the first port in Europe to integrate hydrogen technologies for cutting down its environmental impact.

To facilitate competitiveness and innovation at the ports, they will include the port and logistics communities from both sites.

Both entities have been working on hydrogen projects for years, with a common goal to attain decarbonisation.

Through the current alliance, the partners will be involved in joint projects aimed at combatting climate change in sea transport.

The H2Ports project will receive financial support from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) programme.

As part of the initiative, hydrogen technology will be trialled and validated on port machinery to develop applicable solutions.

Throughout the project, zero local emissions will be generated and the performance and safety of port operations will not be impacted.

Last month, Toyota Tsusho UK, Uniper, Siemens Energy UK&I and Associated British Ports began a feasibility study on hydrogen’s decarbonisation potential at the UK’s Port of Immingham.