PACECO MOMENTUM has been selected by the Ports 4.0 Fund, belonging to Puertos del Estado (Spanish Port System), to receive a grant to support the e-H2 RTG project, which aims at the decarbonization of ports and the sustainability of the container handling industry through renewable hydrogen technologies. The project is part of the first call in the Pre-commercial category of the Ports 4.0 Fund, which represents the innovation model adopted by Puertos del Estado and the Spanish Port Authorities to attract, support and facilitate the application of talent and entrepreneurship to the Spanish public and private logistics-port sector in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The e-H2 RTG project comprises the design, validation and demonstration in a Spanish terminal of a pre-commercial prototype RTG crane, manufactured by PACECO, with an electrical generation system (HYCOGEN-HFCT), based on the innovative ULPHE – PEM fuel cell technology developed by JALVASUB Engineering which, in turn, supplies the Ministry of Defense, in a joint venture with the CIDAUT Foundation, in its MEDUSA project for the S-80 Submarine.
RTG cranes are one of the main producers of CO2 emissions in container terminals, as well as being important energy consumers. For this reason, PACECO MOMENTUM and JALVASUB Engineering have joined forces to invest joint efforts in R+D+i with the aim of introducing the disruptive high-efficiency ULPHE – PEM fuel cell technology in the cargo handling sector.
The common goal is that, for the first time, RTG-Transtainer® cranes will be powered in a totally environmentally friendly way and with zero CO2, GHG and particulate pollutant emissions. Power generation based on renewable hydrogen is more efficient, cleaner, does not generate polluting emissions into the atmosphere, benefits from a green fuel that is essential for the decarbonization of ports and, in addition, generates a dramatic reduction in noise pollution.
The implementation of this project will lay the foundations for the implementation of a green culture based on H2 in container terminals. This would mean nothing less than the elimination of a substantial part of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. The aim is to position Spain as a benchmark for this green technology at European and world level and to contribute to the development of the implementation of hydrogen in society. In addition, work is already underway on a further development to use ammonia as fuel.