Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC, a provider of fuel cell power solutions for motive applications, is powering the hydrogen fuel cell reachstacker that Hyster has developed and shipped to the Port of Valencia in Spain. The reachstacker is part of the H2Ports project, which aims to introduce hydrogen-powered vehicles and equipment in port operations.
The Hyster® Reachstacker is an innovative zero-emission solution that uses Nuvera E-Series Fuel Cell engines to convert hydrogen into electricity. The hydrogen is stored in high-pressure tanks and can be refilled less than 15 minutes. The hydrogen fuel cell charges the batteries, which power the electric motors and hydraulic systems, enabling the reachstacker to lift laden containers with comparable performance to a diesel alternative.
By utilizing a Nuvera engine rather than a traditional diesel engine, the hydrogen fuel cell reachstacker reduces greenhouse gas emissions, noise pollution and operating costs.
The Hyster® Reachstacker will be tested and validated in live operation at the MSC terminal in Valencia, one of the largest container terminals in Europe.
“Equipped with green hydrogen infrastructure, ports will be at the epicenter of global clean energy transformation,” said Nuvera Chief Commercial Officer Kedar Murthy. “We are proud to contribute to the development of zero-emission solutions for port operations with Hyster and look forward to seeing the hydrogen fuel cell reachstacker in action at the Port of Valencia.”
Container handling and other diesel equipment used around the clock at shipping ports are a source of significant local air pollution and greenhouse gases, compounded by emissions from heavy-duty trucks that travel within and beyond port boundaries and from vessels approaching from the sea or used in the harbor.
Nuvera® E-Series Fuel Cell Engines can meet many power needs within port ecosystems, including motive and stationary applications. Nuvera is working with Hyster-Yale Group to deliver high-performance alternatives to diesel port equipment.
The new Hyster fuel cell top loading container handler powered by Nuvera is also at work in the Port of Los Angeles, another indication that the future of clean, hydrogen-powered port equipment has arrived.
ABOUT NUVERA FUEL CELLS, LLC
Nuvera Fuel Cells, LLC is a manufacturer of heavy-duty, zero-emission engines for mobility applications. With teams located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Nuvera provides clean, safe, and efficient products designed to meet the rigorous needs of industrial vehicles and other transportation markets.
Nuvera is a subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., which designs, engineers, manufactures, sells, and services a comprehensive line of lift trucks and aftermarket parts marketed globally primarily under the Hyster® and Yale® brand names. Hyster-Yale Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. and its subsidiaries, headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, employ approximately 8,300 people worldwide.
IMAGE (above): Picture of the Nuvera-powered hydrogen reach stacker by Hyster. Credit: Nuvera Fuel Cells & Hyster®.