Gaussin and Terminal du Grand Ouest (TGO), concessionaire and sole operator of the Montoir-based Multipurpose Cargo and Container Terminal (MCCT) near SaintNazaire, France, are partnering to test the first hydrogen-powered heavy handling tractor.
These full-scale tests of the unit, which will consume around 10 kg of hydrogen per day, will take place at the Montoir container terminal in spring 2022.
With a power of 230kW, its APM H2 75T tractor will be able to tow 75 tonnes of goods.
This partnership is part of the action led by the Neopolia network of companies, which brings together 240 industrialists in the Pays de la Loire region, including TGO.
Neopolia aims to test a hydrogen port tractor in real conditions used for container transport, while TGO wishes to study alternatives to non-road diesel (NRD).
Christophe Gaussin, CEO of Gaussin, said: “Our mastery of hydrogen technology will enable us to tow 75 tonnes of goods while consuming about 10 kg of hydrogen per day, for the first time in France.
“We are proud to carry out this test with TGO in this region, which is emblematic of French port activities, and we look forward to rapidly deploying this technology on a large scale.”
Olivier Hamelet, technical director of TGO, stated: “This cooperation, made possible thanks to the Neopolia network, will allow us to respond to public health issues and to strengthen our position in the energy transition.
“Thus, we hope to actively contribute to the development of hydrogen in the Pays de la Loire region.”
The collaboration is also part of the H2 Loire Vallée project, which aims to test a zero-emission port vehicle in real conditions, optimize its operation in an intensive and diversified logistic use and evaluate the reaction of users to a new product.
The project additionally invites neighbouring port and industrial players to try it out in order to raise collective awareness while it functions as the demonstration site for potential wider replicability for the CMA CGM and Maritime-Kuhn groups, shareholders of TGO.
The project has received the support of the Pays de la Loire Regional Council and is part of the region’s roadmap for 2030.
More broadly, a major political issue is at stake, as the next challenge is to provide hydrogen supplies throughout the country.