Hyster launches first real pilot of a hydrogen fuel cell container handler

Hyster Company has announced the testing of a premium hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) powered container handler at Fenix ​​Marine Services in the Port of Los Angeles. Based on the premium design of the Hyster H1050-1150XD-CH container ship, the truck is powered by two 45kW hydrogen fuel cells from Nuvera, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hyster parent company Hyster-Yale Group. A California Climate Investments grant from the California Air Resources Board in 2018 helped support the development of the HFC-powered container handler.

The HFC-powered first choice is designed to offer the zero-emissions benefits of a battery-electric option, with enough capacity to keep operators moving and avoid having to stop in the middle of a shift to refuel or recharge. Refueling the first choice with hydrogen is expected to take around 15 minutes, with the intention of providing eight to 10 hours of continuous operation, while producing no harmful emissions – only water and heat. The hydrogen fuel cell works in tandem with an onboard lithium-ion battery to directly power equipment or charge the onboard battery. The first choice also features a patented Hyster energy recovery system for electric container handlers which recovers and stores energy from lowering loads and braking.

The Fenix ​​Marine Services (FMS) container terminal, acquired in 2021 by the CMA CGM Group, a global player in maritime, land, air and logistics solutions, uses compressed hydrogen delivered to site to fuel the first choice.

“We are excited to participate in this pilot project and implement another sustainable solution designed to help achieve the goals of the Air Quality Action Plan 2030. Exploring the use of hydrogen as a source zero-emission fuel is important for the entire transportation industry and is a perfect complement to the other alternative energy research and development projects that our parent company, the CMA CGM Group, is carrying out to protect the planet and achieve net-zero carbon by 2050,” said FMS CEO Steve Trombley.

To electrify higher capacity equipment for port terminals, Hyster draws on extensive experience in the design of electric trucks with the range of smaller, lighter capacity motorized industrial trucks used both indoors and outdoors. . The company recently launched lithium-ion powered forklifts with load capacities of up to 36,000 pounds, and previously announced a pilot of a fuel cell-powered ReachStacker in the Port of Valencia, a material handler of fuel cell powered empty containers at a terminal in Hamburg. , Germany and a joint partnership to develop electric and hydrogen terminal tractors.

“Our mission is to provide the innovative technologies our customers need to help them achieve their emission reduction and performance goals. For some operations lithium-ion power could be the answer, but for others hydrogen is the right choice,” said Jan Willem van den Brand, Director, Global Market Development, Large Trucks, Hyster. “The answer depends on many factors such as duty cycle, power grid capacity and fuel availability. Our customers deserve choices that allow them to build the right solution for their needs, without imposing a single technology in their functioning.

This project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen the economy, improve public health and the environment and provide significant benefits to the most disadvantaged communities, low-income communities and low-income households.