Troy Collard, General Manager of PACECO Corp. reported on the practical approach PACECO GROUP is applying with regard to their compromise to settle up a roadmap to Zero Emissions & Autonomous RTG Transtainer®. The concept of adding hydrogen energy source, allows fuel sources to remain diversified – terminals not relying on one source of energy (i.e., electricity) as well as it prepares terminals for the Zero Emission Goals set in USA for 2030.
The project in which Mitsui E&S Machinery Co., Ltd. (MES-M) and PACECO® Corp. (PACECO) are involved is entitled “Demonstration project for the commercialization of the port hydrogen model at the Port of Los Angeles in North America” and is embedded in a local production and consumption hydrogen model aiming for the transition to Fuel Cell of port cargo handling machinery and drayage trucks. The project is partially funded by a grant from NEDO, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization , an independent administrative agency governed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, of the Japanese government. The project implementation schedule is from February 2022 to March 2027.
The following milestones are expected to be fulfilled: • NZE (Near Zero Emission) RTG design verified and in production from 2021. This Near Zero emission crane with a small Diesel Engine will be easily able to be replaced by a Zero Emission Hydrogen Fuel Cell Power Module power source in a near future • Testing of FC complete by March 2023 and design released to production • New H2-ZE RTG delivered to a terminal in the Port of Los Angeles in ~Q2 2024 for testing and data collection over 4 years per the NEDO grant requirements
The targeted Success Criteria is that the RTG can run for two consecutive shifts (16 hours) before refilling hydrogen tanks and on an operational level that the RTG performs equivalent to a conventional RTG.