The Port of Valencia announced that it would start carrying out the first hydrogen tests this January at the Port of Valencia’s Hydrogen Generator, the supply station for hydrogen located on the Xità quay.
The technicians from Valeciaport, the National Hydrogen Centre and Carburos Metálicos will supervise this operation, which is being carried out for the first time in a Spanish port, according to a press statement.
Throughout January, different tests will be carried out with nitrogen, helium and hydrogen to test the elements and mechanisms that make up the hydrogen generator of the Port of Valencia.
The test will mark the starting point for supplying hydrogen to the prototypes of the container stacker and tractor unit that will begin operations at the Valencian enclosure this year. With this news, Valencia said in a statement that it becomes the pioneering port in Europe in the development of hydrogen technologies.
The refueling station will supply fuel to the machinery that forms part of the project being developed by Valenciaport.
The initiative is part of H2Ports -Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation and financed by the Clean Hydrogen JU program of the European Union.
The H2Ports initiative will be an over $4 million euro investment. Apart from the Valenciaport Foundation and the Port Authority of Valencia, it involves the research centers Centro Nacional del Hidrógeno and Atena Distretto Alta Tecnologia Energia Ambiente and the private companies MSC Terminal Valencia, Grimaldi Group, Hyster-Yale, Ballard Power Systems Europe, Carburos Metálicos and Enagás.