Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has commissioned Linde Engineering to build a hydrogen filling station as part of its Clean Port & Logistics Innovation Cluster.
According to HHLA, the filling station will be part of the test center for hydrogen-powered port logistics at Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT) in the Port of Hamburg.
The hydrogen filling station is being built as part of HHLA's Clean Port & Logistics Cluster to refuel hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles and terminal equipment and test them in operational use. HHLA will operate the filling station as part of its cluster activities in the Port of Hamburg.
New refueling facilities for heavy-duty equipment
With the station, Linde Engineering and HHLA aim to provide a refueling infrastructure for heavy-duty equipment in the Port of Hamburg. The refueling station is scheduled to go into operation in 2023.
At the heart of the refueling station is an ionic compressor that highly compresses hydrogen to 450 bar. Equipment such as straddle carriers, empty container stackers, forklifts, reach stackers, terminal tractors and trucks will be efficiently refueled with hydrogen. In addition, the refueling station includes various expansion options.
"The commissioning of Linde Engineering to build the hydrogen filling station is the next milestone for our hydrogen activities in the Clean Port & Logistics Cluster.
The construction of the filling station now provides the necessary infrastructure to accelerate the transition to zero-emission heavy lift logistics and port operations and to further drive the decarbonization of logistics," explains Dr. Georg Böttner, Head of HHLA Hydrogen Network.
"We are very pleased to support this forward-looking project with our technology. The efficient and, above all, safe refueling of different hydrogen vehicles is essential for sustainable and, at the same time, smooth port operations," emphasizes Dr. Alexander Unterschütz, Executive Vice President Components, Linde Engineering.
Hydrogen center on the port site
With Clean Port & Logistics (CPL), HHLA has established an innovation cluster to test hydrogen-powered equipment in port logistics. The project aims to investigate how hydrogen can be reliably used to power port technology and logistics. Together with partner companies from all over the world, HHLA is developing solutions to bring hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles and terminal equipment to market maturity in a short time and to prepare the measures necessary for their use.
The concepts developed for operation, safety, repair, maintenance, refueling and supply are tested and optimized in practice for this purpose. The core of the CPL innovation cluster is a test center at HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg, where hydrogen-powered equipment for port handling and heavy-duty transport can be tested in operation.
The cluster is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport as part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Program. The funding directive is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).