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Pedro Sánchez Highlights The H2Ports Project In Valenciaport As A Benchmark Within The Framework Of The “Hydrogen Roadmap”

Pedro Sánchez highlights the H2Ports project in Valenciaport as a benchmark within the framework of the “Hydrogen Roadmap”

Source: Valenciaport
The President of the Government has valued this initiative, coordinated by the ValenciaPort Foundation, “because it will make the Port of València the first in Europe to use port vehicles powered by hydrogen batteries” – November 20, 2020 The Government’s Vice President for Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Agesen, also participated in this Conference. The H2Ports project will
contribute to decarbonize operations, facilitate the reduction of emissions and favour the creation of a renewable energy system The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has set the ValenciaPort H2Ports project as a benchmark within the framework of the Spanish energy strategy to combat climate change. In this sense, Sánchez pointed out that this initiative “will make the Port of València the first in Europe to use port vehicles powered by hydrogen batteries.” This statement, made at the Conference ‘ Renewable Hydrogen: An opportunity for Spain’, highlights the work that is being done from ValenciaPort for climate neutrality. The President of the Government has also highlighted the contribution of this type of initiative to “help meet two challenges: carry out the ecological transition and serve as an engine for economic reactivation. They will also allow the decarbonization of operations, facilitate the reduction of emissions and favor the creation of a renewable energy system ”. The Government’s Vice President of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, and the Secretary of State for Energy, Sara Agesen, participated in this Conference. And it is that, as highlighted in the Conference, the application of hydrogen in the transport and logistics sector is one of the fundamental axes of the “Hydrogen Roadmap: a commitment to renewable hydrogen”. The ValenciaPort initiative recently approved by the Government at the proposal of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) aims to deploy this key sustainable energy for Spain to achieve the objective of climate neutrality. Underway in 2021 H2Ports is a pilot project for the area of ​​mobility and maritime transport that is carried out in the Port of València to incorporate hydrogen in port logistics operations with the aim of reducing its environmental impact, and that will place Valenciaport as the first port in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy into its terminals in 2021. H2Ports is one of the five ongoing initiatives highlighted by MITECO in the field of hydrogen, the relevance of which has been recognized through the granting of public funding from state or European funds. The project allows testing three pilots that will operate in the Port of València: a reach stacker container loading / unloading and transportation, fueled by hydrogen; a terminal tractor unit for ro-ro operations, propelled by hydrogen cells and a mobile hydrogen supply station that will provide the fuel necessary to guarantee the continuous work cycles of the aforementioned equipment. The project also has the transversal objective of carrying out feasibility studies for the development of a sustainable hydrogen supply chain in the port, coordinating all the actors involved: clients, hydrogen producers, suppliers, etc. H2Ports is the result of public-private collaboration and has the participation of the PAV, the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Center and the companies MSC Terminal Valencia, Grupo Grimaldi, Hyster-Yale, Atena, At this time, the National Hydrogen Center (CNH2) is developing the hydrogen supply station (which will guarantee the supply of this fuel, in suitable conditions, during the simultaneous operation of the other two pilots that will be tested throughout the project: a Reach Stacker, for MSC Terminal Valencia, and a terminal 4 × 4 tractor unit, in Valencia Terminal Europa of the Grimaldi Group ,  both powered by fuel cells. The initiative, which has a total investment of 4 million euros and is funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) program, will test and validate hydrogen technologies on port machinery with the aim of having applicable solutions and without affecting the performance and safety of port operations and producing zero local emissions. H2Ports has been internationally recognized with the GREEN4SEA Port Award 2019 in environmental matters. Valenciaport, collaborator of the Roadmap Valenciaport has been one of the entities that has participated actively in the consultation carried out by the Ministry for the elaboration of this national strategy to promote this green energy. The “Hydrogen Roadmap” establishes a series of objectives for this renewable energy to be a key sustainable solution for the decarbonization of the economy and achieve climate neutrality by 2050, an objective that in the case of the Port Authority of Valencia ( APV) anticipates twenty years with its “2030, zero emissions” plan. On October 6, the Council of Ministers approved this Hydrogen Roadmap, which is part of the Integrated Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC) 2021-2030, which includes 60 measures and sets national objectives -aligned with the European Hydrogen Strategy – to 2030. This document favors “renewable hydrogen development that will encourage the creation of innovative industrial value chains, technological knowledge and the generation of sustainable employment, contributing to the reactivation of a green economy with high added value.” Source: Autoridad Portuaria de València (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia)

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