Mitsui E&S Machinery (MES-M) has received a grant to develop a rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) crane powered by a hydrogen fuel cell power module, in an effort to work towards the decarbonisation of port operations.
Preparation is ongoing and the initial demonstration of the zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell driven RTG is scheduled to be completed by March 2022.
The goal is to achieve performance equivalent to that of a conventional diesel engine driven RTG, followed by testing at a to-be-determined terminal.
The grant has been offered by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) in Japan, as part of a collaborative R&D project between industry, academia and government to accelerate the use of fuel cells in equipment.
Ichiro Tanaka, president of MES-M, stated: “The grant from NEDO is an important part of our advancement of hydrogen fuel cell technology in port cranes.
“With NEDO and other collaborating partners, we can rapidly develop this exciting technology to meet our customer’s ambitious emission reduction goals.”
NEDO, which is one of the largest Japanese public research and development management organisations, has two missions: to address energy and global environmental problems and to enhance industrial technology.
Paceco Group (Paceco) and MES-M have advocated for emission reduction and released a hybrid RTG in 2009, which featured a smaller diesel engine with lithium-ion batteries for additional power.
Today, more than 270 Paceco-Mitsui Hybrid Transtainer RTGs are in use today at ports around the world.
Recently, the partners launched the NZE Transtainer RTG, a near zero emission crane with a small diesel engine that will be easily able to be replaced by a zero-emission power source in a near future.