Clean Port & Logistics: The Hydrogen Innovation Cluster

Clean Port & Logi­stics is test­ing hydro­gen-powered vehic­les at a HHLA con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal tog­e­ther with inter­na­tio­nal companies.


Years of logi­stics experience


Par­ti­ci­pa­ting com­pa­nies from dif­fe­rent busi­ness areas


Con­fi­dence in hydro­gen as a rene­wa­ble ener­gy source

How does the hydro­gen clus­ter work?

The cen­tre­pie­ce of the “Clean Port & Logi­stics” clus­ter is a test field at the Ham­burg con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal Tol­ler­ort. Hydro­gen-powered ter­mi­nal equip­ment for port hand­ling and hea­vy goods traf­fic can be tes­ted in real-life ope­ra­ti­on there.

The goal of Clean Port & Logi­stics is to help hydro­gen-powered hea­vy-duty vehic­les and ter­mi­nal equip­ment reach indus­tri­al mar­ket matu­ri­ty in a short time. Based on this, a decis­i­on-making basis for the use of hydro­gen as a pro­pul­si­on ener­gy is to be for­med and the exch­an­ge of the par­ti­ci­pa­ting part­ner com­pa­nies mutual­ly enabled.

The test field of the hydro­gen clus­ter is loca­ted in nor­t­hern Ger­ma­ny at the con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal Tol­ler­ort of Ham­bur­ger Hafen und Logis­tik AG in Ham­burg. The ter­mi­nal has more than 1km of quay, 57 van car­ri­ers, 14 con­tai­ner gan­try cra­nes, four berths for con­tai­ner ships, a rail­way sta­ti­on and ser­ves as a trans­ship­ment point for com­bi­ned transport.

The plan­ned equip­ment clas­ses at the con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal are a stradd­le car­ri­er, a for­k­lift, an emp­ty con­tai­ner sta­cker, a reach sta­cker, a ter­mi­nal trac­tor and various truck clas­ses. The port­fo­lio is con­stant­ly being expan­ded and the pos­si­bi­li­ty of test­ing fur­ther equip­ment clas­ses is open. 

The con­cepts deve­lo­ped by the com­pa­nies invol­ved for ope­ra­ti­on, safe­ty, repair, main­ten­an­ce, refuel­ling and sup­p­ly of the equip­ment clas­ses are tes­ted and opti­mi­sed in the dai­ly busi­ness of the con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal. The ter­mi­nal is in ope­ra­ti­on 24/7, which ensu­res rea­li­stic test­ing of the tes­ted equip­ment classes.

The start­ing signal was given on 28 Octo­ber 2022, while the com­mis­sio­ning of the test field is plan­ned for the begin­ning of 2023. In the first step, con­cepts are deve­lo­ped which are then initia­ted in the clus­ter, tes­ted and data gene­ra­ted from them. In the second step, the­se data will be used to crea­te a basis for future decis­i­ons on the rea­li­sa­ti­on of the­se concepts.


Tog­e­ther with inter­na­tio­nal com­pa­nies from dif­fe­rent busi­ness sec­tors, we are rese­ar­ching hydro­gen as a rene­wa­ble ener­gy source for use in logi­stics and beyond.

The­se indus­tri­al sec­tors bene­fit most from our cluster:

Equip­ment manufacturer

Ter­mi­nals, logi­stics com­pa­nies and the industry

Infra­struc­tu­re provider

Sci­en­ti­fic partners

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