With Clean Port & Logistics (CPL), HHLA has created a cluster to test hydrogen-powered equipment in port logistics. This aims to support and accelerate both the achievement of market maturity and the integration into regular port operations.
PL brings together equipment manufacturers as well as port and logistics companies with academic partners, producers of renewable hydrogen, software companies and operators and manufacturers of storage tank locations.
The parties cooperate to conduct research and practical tests into how hydrogen can be used in a reliable way to supply power to port technology and port logistics. The cluster also carries out simulations and investigations and develops training concepts for this purpose. At the core of activities will be a test centre for hydrogen-powered equipment at the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg.
Port handling and heavy goods logistics will make their contribution to climate protection and improving the quality of life in urban areas. The key element here is the decarbonisation of logistics. That can also be achieved with the help of hydrogen as the operating energy
Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, said.
Furthermore, the cluster will enable cooperation across sites and support many ports in their efforts for more climate protection. Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg Minister for Economic and Labour Affairs, explained that the port is a focus area of the hydrogen strategy, which also includes the application of hydrogen, particularly in intralogistics, as an important pillar.
NOW looks forward to accompanying the CPL innovation cluster as part of the e4ports network. Through our network activities, we are already aware of the urgent need for action at ports concerning the energy transition, but we also know the commitment port companies have for pursuing this goal. With CPL, we will bring the concrete application of hydrogen in port logistics to a new level
Johannes Daum, managing director for hydrogen, alternative fuels and batteries at coordinating com-pany NOW GmbH, added.
As part of CPL, HHLA has already agreed the first memorandum of understanding for the delivery of hydrogen-powered empty container handlers and terminal tractors with Hyster Yale Group. The units will be powered by Nuvera fuel cells. The delivery of the terminal tractor is planned for the end of 2022, followed by the empty container handler in early 2023.