Valencia pioneers hydrogen machinery

Port of Valencia The Port of Valencia has already participated in research for the use of LNG in port machinery

The Port Authority of Valencia and the Valenciaport Foundation will promote the use of hydrogen and fuel cells to see hydrogen-powered port machinery prototypes by 2020.

The bodies signed a collaboration agreement with Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), a public-private partnership promoted by the European Commission, as they inaugurated a ‘Workshop on Maritime and port applications’, part of a Valencia conference, organized by FCH JU and Joint Research Center (JRC).

Ramón Gómez-Ferrer, director of strategy and innovation at the Port of Valencia, stressed: “From the Port Authority of Valencia we try to promote the adoption of best practices to reduce emissions in our port environment. The emission reduction targets set out in the Paris Declaration are ambitious and we are therefore exploring all the alternatives to contribute to mitigating climate change.”

He pointed out: “The hydrogen fuel cells are a very interesting alternative because they don´t generate emissions neither noise, but it is necessary to investigate and make further progress in this technology."

He added that the Port of Valencia and the Valenciaport Foundation have participated in research for the use of LNG in port machinery.

Carlos Navas, head of FCH JU, stated that "hydrogen cells produce electricity and have great advantages for reducing emissions and for use in transport.”

He said that FCH JU intends to start developing prototypes to use in the maritime-port environment so it can check technical needs and economic cost. He estimates that by the end of the decade the organisation may be “testing prototypes of hydrogen-powered port machinery.”

The Valencia conference followed on from a 2015 conference on ‘smart specialization’ and further examined maritime and port applications, with several sessions focused on hydrogen applications and fuel cells for ships, logistics and stationary applications, as well as security, regulations and funding mechanisms.

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