Hyster Europe has begun to develop a zero-emission reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the Port of Valencia as part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project.
The reachstacker is expected to begin operations in 2021 at the MSC Terminal Valencia (MSCTV) where it will undergo thorough testing handling laden shopping containers alongside several existing reachstackers.
The new fully-electric equipment will utilise an on-board hydrogen fuel cell to charge the battery and, through this technology, Hyster aims to evolve the industry into a low carbon and zero-emission sector.
Jan Willem van den Brand, director of big truck product strategy and solutions at Hyster Europe, said: “Achieving zero emissions for container handling equipment at seaports is a substantial challenge.
“The highly demanding and varied duty cycles in these intense operations make battery recharging time a critical factor. These and other technical limitations have obstructed the electrification of container handlers or large lift trucks until now.”
Hyster aims to maximise uptime, minimise refuelling requirements and help applications to manage power consumption while complying to relevant environmental regulations and incentives.
Van den Brand said: “As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster reachstacker will be able to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conv3entional IC reachstacker.”
The Hyster-Yale Group have partnered with the Port Authority of Valencia, the Valenciaport Foundation, the National Hydrogen Centre, MSCTV, Grimaldi Group, Atena, Ballard Power Systems Europe and ENAGAS on the H2Ports project.
The project has received funding from the Fuel Cells Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCHJU) which also includes the development of an electric yard tractor and the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station.