The CPL parties are cooperating nationwide to conduct research into how hydrogen can be used to supply power to port technology and port logistics. Source: HHLA

An innovation cluster is being created to test hydrogen-powered port logistics equipment. Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has established Clean Port & Logistics (CPL), an innovation cluster which aims to accelerate market maturity and integrate hydrogen port equipment into regular port operations.

“Port handling and heavy goods logistics will make their contribution to climate protection and improving the quality of life in urban areas. The key element here is the decarbonisation of logistics that can also be achieved with the help of hydrogen as the operating energy,” said Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s executive board.

Government backing

Although HHLA is in charge of managing the cluster, CPL brings together equipment manufacturers, port and logistics companies, academic partners, producers of renewable hydrogen, software companies and operators and manufacturers of storage tank locations.

The cluster is carrying out simulations and investigations and developing training concepts. At the core of activities will be a test centre for hydrogen-powered equipment at the HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg.

The cluster will be sponsored by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of a national innovation program for hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The funding guidelines will be coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Projektträger Jülich (PTJ).

As part of CPL, HHLA has already agreed to the first memorandum of understanding for delivering hydrogen-powered empty container handlers and terminal tractors with Hyster Yale Group Inc. The units will be powered by Nuvera fuel cells.

The delivery of the terminal tractor is planned for the end of 2022, followed by the empty container handler in early 2023.