Currently, work is being carried out on the design of hydrogen-powered port machinery, as well as the hydrogenera necessary for the supply of this fuel – November 6, 2019
The head of environmental policies of Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia (APV – Valenciaport, Port Authority of Valencia), Raúl Cascajo, presented at the conference “Mobility and sustainable logistics in port areas” held in Bilbao the progress of the H2PORTS project, which is being carried out in the port of Valencia and that will allow it to become the first European port enclosure to use hydrogen energy in its container terminals. The day, which has welcomed about 100 people from different sectors and research fields, has aimed to learn about the main projects that are being developed in the ports to reduce the environmental impact and move forward in the transition to renewable energy.
During the meeting, Raúl Cascajo explained that the H2PORTS project is part of the Valenciaport policy of applying new technologies to reduce its emissions. This project, which has been allocated an investment of 4 million euros and is funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCHJU) program, has the participation of the APV, the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Center and companies MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and ENAGAS.
As explained by the chief of environmental policies of Valenciaport, currently, work is being done on the design of the port machinery that will allow the pilot project to be carried out. Specifically, the H2PORTS project contemplates the start-up of a hydrogen-powered container loading / unloading and container transport stacker that will operate at MSC Terminal Valencia and a tractor unit for ro-ro operations, propelled by a hydrogen stack to be used. in the Grimaldi terminal. It is also planned to build a mobile hydrogen supply station that will provide the necessary fuel to guarantee the continuous work cycles of these equipment.
With the development of these pilot projects, hydrogen technology on port machinery can be tested and validated to have applicable and real solutions, without affecting the performance and safety of port operations and with zero local emissions. In this way, the Grimaldi and MSC terminals will become the first European port facilities that will use hydrogen-powered machinery.
Likewise, Raúl Cascajo has pointed out that the H2PORTS project has also marked the 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. In this regard, Cascajo stressed that this pilot project is being carried out due to the possibilities of hydrogen as an alternative energy source since it can be obtained from renewable electricity. The use of hydrogen in combination with fuel cells produces only water vapor and has no impact on the environment.
The challenge towards energy self-sufficiency
The H2PORTS project is part of the strategic renewable energy development project with which Valenciaport aims to achieve energy self-sufficiency between 2025 and 2030, becoming the first European port to achieve this milestone. This project contemplates the progressive replacement of conventional fossil fuels with cleaner ones such as Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). To do this, the port of Valencia is building a gas station operated by Molgas that will be the largest fixed LNG bunkering station in the European Union. This facility will have an approximate capacity of 400 m 3 and will be able to supply two ships simultaneously with an operational capacity of 200 m 3 per hour on each supply line.
With regard to renewable energy, the APV plans to promote, in addition to hydrogen, photovoltaic and wind energy. To this end, the APV will present a project for the installation of a wind power plant that would generate in the first phase between 12 and 16 MW. With an estimated cost of between 13 and 18 million euros, the installation would have an annual production of 27,000 MWh in its first phase. In the case of photovoltaic solar energy, it is planned to tender an installation of about 800 KWH of solar energy in the port of Valencia with an estimated cost of about 600,000 euros.
The APV also plans to build an electrical substation that will allow us to stop the engines of the ships when they are ready to connect to the network once they have docked at the port. This substation will have a capacity of 30 MW and will involve an investment of 8 million euros.
In the last two decades, the APV has participated in sustainability projects that have involved an investment of more than 200 million euros. Among some initiatives developed by the port is waste management; air quality control through a permanent measuring station; water and sediment quality controls; Acoustic emission controls by means of sound level meters, as well as energy efficiency initiatives to reduce consumption (light and water) in all aspects of port operations in cooperation with the agents that make up the port community. Thanks to these measures, Valenciaport has obtained the most demanding environmental certifications such as ISO 14.001 or the European Emas III regulation, being also the first European port to achieve it.
Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Valencia