The Port of Hamburg accelerates its transition to hydrogen

The Port of Hamburg accelerates its transition to hydrogen

In Hamburg, substantial synergies are being put in place to promote the implementation of experiments around hydrogen mobility.

For Hamburg, this initiative is part of the Clean Port & Logistics (CPL), an innovation cluster largely dedicated to hydrogen. The latter was created on the initiative of the logistics and transport company Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA). It is mainly funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport, as part of the national innovation program for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

The Cluster integrates increasingly large and increasingly varied players: manufacturers of vehicles and equipment, service stations, suppliers of non-fossil energy (essentially hydrogen), but also managers of logistics and port infrastructures, academics, consulting and certification companies.

Objectives and prospects

The first objective is to test equipment. For this, the cluster has a single test center at the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg. This is a site allowing both to test hydrogen equipment in situ, but also to network the various actors. The first delivery of equipment is scheduled for early 2023.

Heavy equipment (trucks, terminal tractors, forklifts, empty container stackers, etc.) is not the only sector targeted. The synergies thus established are intended to develop the strong potential of hydrogen throughout the logistics sector and port activity of the Port of Hamburg.