The Port of Valencia in Spain has received a reachstacker powered by hydrogen fuel cells made by Nuvera Fuel Cells. Co-developed by Hyster, the reachstacker will begin operating in the port moving cargo containers as part of the H2Ports project.
The Hyster Reachstacker is exactly as standard diesel-powered units are, but utilizes electric motors and a hydrogen fuel cell stack and system from Nuvera. Hydrogen is stored in high-pressure tanks on board the machine and can be refilled in 15 minutes. The Reachstacker will be tested and validated in live operation at the MSC terminal in Valencia, one of the largest container terminals in Europe.
Nuvera is working with Hyster-Yale Group to deliver high-performance alternatives to diesel-powered port equipment. Diesel-powered equipment used at shipping ports are a source of significant local air pollution and greenhouse gases. The Hyster load handler has a twin that is operating in the Port of Los Angeles.
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