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The two have joined the initiative whose main goal is to provide applicable solutions, based on the use of hydrogen and fuel cells, facilitating a transition towards a zero-emission port industry.
Specifically, two pilots will be carried out in real-world operating conditions at the ro-ro-specialised Valencia Terminal Europe (VTE) - a terminal tractor powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which, in turn, will be supplied through a mobile refuelling station.
According to Grimaldi and VTE, the latter will become the first European port facility of its kind to use hydrogen-run machinery.
Meanwhile, the H2PORTS project will carry out feasibility studies on the development of a sustainable hydrogen supply chain catering to the needs of the port industry.
The €4m-worth project is funded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership whose aim is to promote the adoption of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. The Valenciaport Foundation is H2PORTS' coordinator, while apart from Grimaldi and VTE also the Port of Valencia, Spain's National Hydrogen Centre, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe, and Enagás are involved in the project.