International companies are testing hydrogen

The Clean Port & Logi­stics Clus­ter brings tog­e­ther equip­ment manu­fac­tu­r­ers and port and logi­stics com­pa­nies with sci­en­ti­fic part­ners, pro­du­cers of rene­wa­ble hydro­gen, soft­ware com­pa­nies and ope­ra­tors or manu­fac­tu­r­ers of fil­ling sta­ti­ons. Inter­na­tio­nal coope­ra­ti­on, rese­arch and prac­ti­cal tests are car­ri­ed out on how hydro­gen can be relia­bly used to sup­p­ly port tech­no­lo­gy and logi­stics. To this end, the clus­ter car­ri­es out simu­la­ti­ons and stu­dies, and deve­lo­ps trai­ning and edu­ca­ti­on concepts.

The clus­ter is fun­ded by the Fede­ral Minis­try of Digi­tal Affairs and Trans­port as part of the Natio­nal Hydro­gen and Fuel Cell Tech­no­lo­gy Inno­va­ti­on Pro­gram­me. The fun­ding direc­ti­ve is coor­di­na­ted by NOW GmbH and imple­men­ted by Pro­ject Manage­ment Jülich (PtJ).

Our partners

In order to gain as much know-how as pos­si­ble from our hydro­gen clus­ter, inno­va­ti­ve com­pa­nies from dif­fe­rent indus­tri­al sec­tors sup­port us.

Air Products GmbH 

Air Pro­ducts (NYSE:APD) is a lea­ding glo­bal indus­tri­al gases com­pa­ny that has been in busi­ness for near­ly 80 years. The com­pa­ny sup­pli­es cus­to­mers from a wide ran­ge of indus­tri­al sec­tors with tech­ni­cal gases – from indi­vi­du­al gas cylin­ders and tanks to plants for on-site gas gene­ra­ti­on. The head office of the Ger­man Air Pro­ducts GmbH is loca­ted in Hat­tin­gen an der Ruhr, NRW.

How does Air Pro­ducts use hydrogen?

Sup­port­ing the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on with hydro­gen is the clear objec­ti­ve of Air Pro­ducts. As the world’s lar­gest hydro­gen sup­pli­er, we aim to help sup­port the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on with hydro­gen, mini­mi­se car­bon emis­si­ons and redu­ce depen­dence on fini­te ener­gy resour­ces by pro­du­cing and dis­tri­bu­ting clean hydro­gen ener­gy solu­ti­ons for use in hea­vy-duty vehic­les, fuel cell buses, trains, indus­tri­al appli­ca­ti­ons and ener­gy storage.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Air Pro­ducts to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Air Pro­ducts is a fix­tu­re in the north, as we have been sup­p­ly­ing hydro­gen to cus­to­mers in the nor­t­hern Ger­man regi­on from Sta­de for many years. To make the visi­on of hydro­gen-based mobi­li­ty a rea­li­ty, Air Pro­ducts works clo­se­ly with Euro­pean and local decis­i­on-makers and part­ners. We sup­port com­pa­nies in the simp­le and safe con­ver­si­on to hydro­gen, espe­ci­al­ly in the field of mobility.

BEHALA – Berliner Hafen- und Lagerhausgesellschaft

BEHALA is the ope­ra­tor of Berlin’s tri­mo­dal goods trans­port cen­tres with a city cent­re loca­ti­on – WE ARE HAFEN! We ensu­re that the flow of trade rea­ches every citi­zen of Ber­lin and at the same time we are a part­ner for indus­try when it comes to trans­port solu­ti­ons all over the world.

How does BEHALA use hydrogen?

At the moment we are only using hydro­gen in our pilot pro­ject ELEKTRA.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for BEHALA to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Is hea­vy hand­ling equip­ment ope­ra­ble with alter­na­ti­ve dri­ves and if so, in what time hori­zon can it be acqui­red at a com­pe­ti­ti­ve price.

BTE Inc.

BTE spe­cia­li­ses in the manu­fac­tu­re and deve­lo­p­ment of hydro­gen fil­ling sta­ti­ons and appli­es hydro­gen fuel cells in small-sca­le mobi­li­ty. The com­pa­ny is based in Korea and manu­fac­tures hydro­gen fuel sta­ti­ons with 350 bar and 700 bar. To revi­ta­li­se the hydro­gen eco­no­my, hydro­gen fuel cells are com­bi­ned with UGVs

How does BTE use hydrogen?

  1. Fuel­ling hydro­gen for 350~400Bar mobi­li­ty (for­k­lift, trac­tor etc.)
    2. Fuel­ling hydro­gen for 700Bar mobi­li­ty (truck etc.)
    3. Refuel­ling hydro­gen into cylin­ders (dro­ne, UGV etc.)

What is the moti­va­ti­on for BTE to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

We joi­n­ed the clus­ter to test the per­for­mance of our pro­ducts and to use dif­fe­rent pro­duct lines such as the hydro­gen-powered fuel cell vehic­le Pat­rol UGV in test fields with dif­fe­rent infra­struc­tu­re con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons using hydro­gen. We are also thin­king of ente­ring the Euro­pean hydro­gen mar­ket with this membership.


CMB (Com­pa­gnie Mari­ti­me Bel­ge) is a diver­si­fied ship­ping and logi­stics group based in Ant­werp, Bel­gi­um. CMB owns and ope­ra­tes 150 seago­ing ves­sels in dry bulk (Boci­mar), con­tai­ner trans­port (Del­phis), che­mi­cal tan­kers (Bochem) & crew trans­fer ves­sels (Wind­cat). CMB is also acti­ve in cle­an­tech (CMB.TECH) and real estate (MCA Faci­li­ties, Mari­ti­me Cam­pus Ant­werp). CMB has offices in Tokyo, Sin­ga­po­re, Hong Kong, Ger­ma­ny (Ham­burg), UK (Lowest­oft and Brent­wood) and The Net­her­lands (Ams­ter­dam).

CMB.TECH is a cle­an­tech com­pa­ny that builds, owns, ope­ra­tes & designs lar­ge mari­ne and indus­tri­al appli­ca­ti­ons that run on hydro­gen and ammo­nia. CMB.TECH also offers hydro­gen and ammo­nia fuel to its cus­to­mers, eit­her through own pro­duc­tion or by sourcing it from third par­ty producers.

How does­CMB use hydrogen?

We are alre­a­dy using hydro­gen in our mari­ne and indus­tri­al appli­ca­ti­ons within the con­cept of dual-fuel ope­ra­ti­ons. Our pro­jects are spread around the glo­be which makes us look for hydro­gen sup­p­ly globally.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for CMB to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

We belie­ve the clus­ter offers a gre­at oppor­tu­ni­ty to test and pre­sent indus­tri­al appli­ca­ti­ons run­ning on hydro­gen and at the same time exten­ding our net­work of part­ners and poten­ti­al cus­to­mers. Fur­ther to that, we need more real-life pro­jects being laun­ched to final­ly kick off the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on and bring hydro­gen to the indus­try. The clus­ter and its mem­bers would form an important part to reach this goal in Ger­ma­ny but also in Europe.

Contargo GmbH & Co. KG

Con­tar­go is an inter­na­tio­nal­ly acti­ve logi­stics ser­vice pro­vi­der that car­ri­es out trans­ports bet­ween the sea­ports and the Euro­pean hin­ter­land in tri­mo­dal traf­fic with all the asso­cia­ted addi­tio­nal ser­vices (e.g. emp­ty con­tai­ner depots and repair). Con­tar­go trans­ports around 2.1 mil­li­on TEU per year in its network.

How does Con­tar­go use hydrogen?

Con­tar­go is inves­ti­ga­ting its use in inland water­way ves­sels and ter­mi­nal vehic­les, and within various sis­ter com­pa­nies also for trucks and rail vehic­les. In addi­ti­on, Con­tar­go is inte­res­ted in the topic of hydro­gen in con­tai­ners (hand­ling, sto­rage, transport).

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Con­tar­go to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

More robust expe­ri­ence on the topics lis­ted under point two and an exch­an­ge on deal­ing with (exis­ting) regulation/ safe­ty considerations.

CuxPort GmbH

Cux­port GmbH’s deep-water ter­mi­nals are stra­te­gi­cal­ly ide­al­ly loca­ted for inter­na­tio­nal trans­port rou­tes: direct­ly at the mouth of the Elbe, clo­se to the Kiel Canal and a short distance from the mouth of the Weser. The mul­ti-pur­po­se ter­mi­nal, which also regu­lar­ly hand­les deep-sea ves­sels, also offers lo-lo ser­vices for con­tai­ners, forest pro­ducts and pro­ject car­goes, as well as sto­rage and logi­stics solutions.

How does Cux­port use hydrogen?

As of today, the use of hydro­gen does not yet play a role. In the future, we hope that the clus­ter will be able to come up with ide­as and solu­ti­ons for ope­ra­ting the indus­tri­al trucks, pri­ma­ri­ly the ter­mi­nal trac­tors, with hydrogen.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Cux­port to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

The aim of par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the clus­ter is to con­tri­bu­te to achie­ving our envi­ron­men­tal goals, such as the careful use of resour­ces to mini­mi­se resi­dues, was­te, pol­lu­ting emis­si­ons and was­te water.

CTD Container-Transport-Dienst GmbH

The CTD Con­tai­ner-Trans­port-Dienst GmbH has spe­cia­li­sed in con­tai­ner truck­ing in one of the lar­gest con­tai­ner hubs in the world. With tech­no­lo­gi­cal inno­va­tions, CTD suc­ceeds in opti­mi­sing logi­sti­cal pro­ces­ses and acce­le­ra­ting trans­ports. In addi­ti­on, con­tai­ners are dis­patched throug­hout Ger­ma­ny and also throug­hout Euro­pe. Most of the­se are pure truck trans­ports, but par­ti­al rou­tes are cover­ed by inland water­way ves­sel or train. As a part­ner in com­bi­ned trans­port, CTD also spe­cia­li­ses in first and last mile logi­stics in the hin­ter­land. Bran­ches in various Ger­man eco­no­mic cen­tres ensu­re that cus­to­mers are opti­mal­ly ser­ved locally.

How does CTD use hydrogen?

Curr­ent­ly, the­re is no use of hydro­gen, but the CTD would like to use hydro­gen as an alter­na­ti­ve to con­ven­tio­nal fuels in the com­mer­cial vehic­les used in the future.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for CTD to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Deal­ing with the future use of alter­na­ti­ve dri­ve con­cepts is cer­tain­ly one of the chal­lenges of the time. At the same time, par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the clus­ter can pro­vi­de an ans­wer to the need for cli­ma­te-neu­tral trans­port ser­vices in the future. CTD has always been pre­pared to break new ground in the past and is plea­sed to have this oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster.

Deutsche Umschlaggesellschaft Schiene – Straße (DUSS) mbH

Deut­sche Umschlag­ge­sell­schaft Schie­ne-Stra­ße is an infra­struc­tu­re com­pa­ny with 24 ter­mi­nals in Ger­ma­ny and we ope­ra­ted tran­ship­ment sta­ti­ons. Our know-how has not only been incor­po­ra­ted into exis­ting tran­ship­ment faci­li­ties, but also into new ter­mi­nals and various rese­arch and deve­lo­p­ment projects.

How does DUSS use hydrogen?

We hope to use hydro­gen for our ter­mi­nal hand­ling vehic­les (for­k­lifts and tractors).

What is the moti­va­ti­on for DUSS to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Sus­taina­bi­li­ty-con­scious and fos­sil-free future, swap die­sel for hydrogen.

Everfuel A/S

Ever­fuel makes green hydro­gen com­mer­ci­al­ly available for zero-emis­si­on mobi­li­ty and indus­try across Euro­pe and offers com­pe­ti­ti­ve turn­key solu­ti­ons for hydro­gen sup­p­ly and refuel­ling infra­struc­tu­re. We own and ope­ra­te green hydro­gen infra­struc­tu­re inclu­ding pro­duc­tion faci­li­ties, H2 trai­lers for dis­tri­bu­ti­on and H2 refuel­ling sta­ti­ons. We are a young, ambi­tious com­pa­ny head­quar­te­red in Her­ning, Den­mark, ope­ra­ting in Nor­way, Den­mark, Swe­den, the Net­her­lands, Ger­ma­ny and Bel­gi­um, with plans to grow across Europe.

How does Ever­fuel use hydrogen?

Ever­fuel is a green hydro­gen com­pa­ny that pro­du­ces, dis­tri­bu­tes and sells hydro­gen to end users in the mobi­li­ty and indus­tri­al sec­tors. Our cus­to­mers include public trans­port com­pa­nies, taxi com­pa­nies and the Danish refi­nery in Fredericia.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Ever­fuel to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

The CPL clus­ter gives us the uni­que oppor­tu­ni­ty to work very clo­se­ly tog­e­ther with our part­ners of tomor­row on the decar­bo­ni­sa­ti­on of logi­stics pro­ces­ses using hydro­gen. As a pro­vi­der of green hydro­gen and the asso­cia­ted infra­struc­tu­re, we expect the clus­ter to pro­vi­de us with first-hand expe­ri­ence, chal­lenges and also expec­ta­ti­ons for the vehic­les to be tes­ted, so that we can adapt our solu­ti­ons even bet­ter to the needs of our cus­to­mers. Our goal for the mem­ber­ship is to make it easier for inte­res­ted com­pa­nies to switch to an envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly alter­na­ti­ve through sound insights from the field.


GAYA is a French com­pa­ny that pro­po­ses key­turn gobal hydro­gen solu­ti­ons to decar­bo­ni­ze port ecosystem

How does GAYA use hydro­gen?

In the port eco­sys­tem (mari­ti­me and inland) for all hea­vy duties equip­ment: stradd­le car­ri­ers, RTG, mobi­le har­bor cra­nes, sta­ckers, water­ways, trains, port ser­vices boat

What is the moti­va­ti­on of GAYA to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

To deve­lop part­ner­ships and imple­ment hydro­gen branch in the port eco­sys­tem towards a „zero emis­si­on“ port.

GLOBE Fuel Cell Systems GmbH

GLOBE Fuel Cell Sys­tems is a Gre­en­Tech com­pa­ny from Stutt­gart. We have made it our mis­si­on to sup­port indus­try on its way to decar­bo­ni­sa­ti­on in a CO2-neu­tral future with green tech­no­lo­gy – Made in Ger­ma­ny. To this end, GLOBE deve­lo­ps CO2-emis­si­on-free, digi­tal­ly net­work­ed fuel cell sys­tems for various indus­tri­al appli­ca­ti­ons such as intra­lo­gi­stics and in the mari­ne sector.

How does GLOBE use hydro­gen?

In the first step, we are con­cen­t­ra­ting on the use of fuel cell tech­no­lo­gy for intra­lo­gi­stics vehic­les. Our fuel cell unit spe­ci­al­ly deve­lo­ped for intra­lo­gi­stics – the GLOBE XLP80 – will be deli­ver­ed to our cus­to­mers from Q1 2023. In par­al­lel, we are deve­lo­ping a fuel cell sys­tem for use in ship­ping in coope­ra­ti­on with a group from sou­thern Germany.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for GLOBE to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

The eco­lo­gi­cal­ly sus­tainable future is the grea­test chall­enge of our gene­ra­ti­on. Hydro­gen-powered fuel cell tech­no­lo­gy will be part of the solu­ti­on. The pilot pro­ject at the clus­ter in the port of Ham­burg is a gre­at oppor­tu­ni­ty to show that eco­lo­gi­cal sus­taina­bi­li­ty and eco­no­mic sen­se can be combined.

Hamburg Port Authority AöR

As land­lord, HPA is respon­si­ble for the manage­ment of the port of Ham­burg. This includes land- and water­si­de infra­struc­tu­re, safe­ty within the port, manage­ment of sedi­ments and port estate.

How does HPA use hydrogen?

HPA sup­ports the goal of estab­li­shing the enti­re green hydro­gen value chain in the port of Ham­burg. Through pro­vi­ding appro­pria­te port area and infra­struc­tu­re nee­ded, HPA faci­li­ta­tes the implementation.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for HPA to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

The pro­ject has a glo­bal covera­ge and net­work. We want to learn and gain know­ledge within the net­work but also sup­port when it comes to the frame­work of hydro­gen applications.

HCS Hamburger Container Service GmbH

Our com­pa­ny is cal­led HCS Ham­bur­ger Con­tai­ner Ser­vice GmbH, we are a pri­va­te emp­ty con­tai­ner depot (repair, sto­rage, fit­ting and clea­ning of con­tai­ners) and are loca­ted in Hamburg.

How does HCS use hydrogen?

We do not use hydro­gen yet. Howe­ver, this alter­na­ti­ve is of inte­rest for com­pa­ny cars, tran­ship­ment vehic­les, emp­ty con­tai­ner for­k­lifts (side frames and reach sta­ckers), work­shop for­k­lifts (2.5 tonnes).

What is the moti­va­ti­on for HCS to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

We are try­ing to lea­ve a gree­ner foot­print and beco­me more sus­tainable in all are­as of our com­pa­ny. The Port of Ham­burg has the goal to beco­me as cli­ma­te neu­tral as pos­si­ble by 2040.

HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder GmbH

HHLA Con­tai­ner Ter­mi­nal Alten­wer­der is regard­ed as “sta­te of the art” and is the first faci­li­ty of its kind to ope­ra­te on a cli­ma­te-neu­tral basis. With its high degree of auto­ma­ti­on and com­pact lay­out, HHLA’s newest ter­mi­nal points the way to the con­tai­ner hand­ling of the future. Sta­te-of-the-art tech­no­lo­gy and inno­va­ti­ve EDP sys­tems ensu­re effi­ci­ent unloa­ding and loa­ding, espe­ci­al­ly of lar­ge con­tai­ner ships. Sin­ce the ter­mi­nal was com­mis­sio­ned in sum­mer 2002, the volu­me of stan­dard con­tai­ners hand­led annu­al­ly has grown rapidly to seve­ral mil­li­on. The KTH con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal is the lar­gest in Europe.

How does CTA use hydrogen?

Ter­mi­nal equip­ment; loo­king at hydro­gen as an opti­on to save emis­si­ons whe­re elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on is dif­fi­cult to imple­ment; trai­ning and deve­lo­p­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for staff.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for CTA to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Lively exch­an­ge about the pos­si­bi­li­ties of using hydro­gen as a fuel on a con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal; net­wor­king with part­ners who offer eco­no­mic­al pro­ducts on the mar­ket; con­ti­nuous com­pa­ri­son of the usa­bi­li­ty on a ter­mi­nal with refe­rence to elec­tri­fied equip­ment variants.

HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai GmbH

The first steel boxes in Ham­burg were hand­led at HHLA Con­tai­ner Ter­mi­nal Bur­chard­kai in 1968. Today, the lar­gest faci­li­ty for con­tai­ner hand­ling hand­les almost every third con­tai­ner in the Port of Ham­burg. 30 con­tai­ner gan­try cra­nes work on the thou­sands of ships that moor here every year, and seve­ral hundred rail wagons are loa­ded and unloa­ded every day. The ongo­ing moder­ni­sa­ti­on pro­gram­me is gra­du­al­ly incre­asing both capa­ci­ty and pro­duc­ti­vi­ty, making the ter­mi­nal fit for the lar­gest con­tai­ner ships.

How does CTB use hydrogen?

Ter­mi­nal equip­ment; loo­king at hydro­gen as an opti­on to redu­ce emis­si­ons whe­re elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on is dif­fi­cult to imple­ment; fur­ther edu­ca­ti­on and trai­ning oppor­tu­ni­ty for staff.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for CTB to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Lively exch­an­ge about the pos­si­bi­li­ties of using hydro­gen as a fuel on a con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal; net­wor­king with part­ners who offer eco­no­mic­al pro­ducts on the mar­ket; con­stant com­pa­ri­son of the usa­bi­li­ty on a ter­mi­nal mi com­pa­ri­son to elec­tri­fied equip­ment variants.

HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort GmbH

HHLA Con­tai­ner Ter­mi­nal Tol­ler­ort shi­nes with a com­pact and fle­xi­ble faci­li­ty. Van car­ri­ers with envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly dri­ves stack the steel boxes in four tiers and ensu­re effi­ci­ent use of space, which is opti­mi­sed by the terminal’s con­ver­si­on. Back­fil­led har­bour basins have been ope­ned up for addi­tio­nal sto­rage are­as. With new con­tai­ner gan­try cra­nes, the water side is being made fit for hand­ling the lar­gest con­tai­ner ships.

How does CTT use hydrogen?

Ter­mi­nal equip­ment; loo­king at hydro­gen as an opti­on to save emis­si­ons whe­re elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on is dif­fi­cult to imple­ment; fur­ther edu­ca­ti­on and trai­ning oppor­tu­ni­ties for employees.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for CTT to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Lively exch­an­ge about the pos­si­bi­li­ties of using hydro­gen as a fuel on a con­tai­ner ter­mi­nal; net­wor­king with part­ners who offer eco­no­mic­al pro­ducts on the mar­ket; con­stant com­pa­ri­son of the usa­bi­li­ty on a ter­mi­nal with refe­rence to elec­tri­fied equip­ment variants.

Hamburger Hafen und Logistik Aktiengesellschaft 

Ham­bur­ger Hafen und Logis­tik AG (HHLA) is a lea­ding Euro­pean port and trans­port logi­stics com­pa­ny. The core busi­ness of the com­pa­ny is con­tai­ner hand­ling in sea­ports and con­tai­ner trans­port bet­ween ports and the Ger­man and Euro­pean hin­ter­land. HHLA also offers a broad spec­trum of port, con­sul­ting and other services. 

How does HHLA use hydrogen?

HHLA intends to beco­me cli­ma­te-neu­tral by 2040 as part of its sus­taina­bi­li­ty stra­tegy. Hydro­gen will make an important con­tri­bu­ti­on as an ener­gy source here, also for new jobs. HHLA Hydro­gen Net­work, the inno­va­ti­on clus­ter Clean Port & Logi­stics and H2LOAD for retro­fit­ting our hea­vy machi­nery at the ter­mi­nal. The Trans­HyDE rese­arch pro­ject and the H2Global Foun­da­ti­on also play an important part on our road­map. At the end of the day, it’s clear – we’re in the midd­le of a glo­bal transformation.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for HHLA to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

With Clean Port & Logi­stics, HHLA has crea­ted an inno­va­ti­on clus­ter to test hydro­gen-powered equip­ment in port logi­stics. In order to redu­ce emis­si­ons in port hand­ling and the asso­cia­ted logi­stics chains. With the clus­ter, HHLA aims to acce­le­ra­te the tech­no­lo­gi­cal matu­ri­ty of the equip­ment and crea­te a solid basis for decis­i­ons on con­ver­ting to rene­wa­ble energies.

HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH

Tog­e­ther with our cli­ents, we dri­ve ope­ra­ti­ons, inno­va­tions and sus­tainable growth for the port and ter­mi­nal sectors.

How does HPC use hydrogen?

Our aim is to sup­port the port indus­try in their jour­ney to net zero. The appli­ca­ti­on of hydro­gen, and hence, adapt­ed and new sup­p­ly chains, have to be tes­ted and imple­men­ted and we want to sup­port the indus­try with our exper­ti­se on its path.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for HPC to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Com­bi­ning a par­ti­cu­lar­ly ope­ra­tio­nal back­ground and long-stan­ding inter­na­tio­nal expe­ri­ence with a pro­fes­sio­nal and down-to-earth atti­tu­de towards ope­ra­tio­nal inno­va­ti­on and sta­te-of-the-art tech­no­lo­gy, it is our mis­si­on to increase our cli­ents’ com­pe­ti­ti­ve situa­ti­on and the­r­e­fo­re being at the fore-front of deve­lo­p­ments around hydro­gen appli­ca­ti­ons in ports and terminals.


Foun­ded in 1963 in Saar­land as a com­pa­ny for hydrau­lic access­ories and mana­ged as a fami­ly busi­ness, HYDAC is now an inter­na­tio­nal­ly acti­ve com­pa­ny with over 50 natio­nal sub­si­dia­ries. We deve­lop, pro­du­ce and dis­tri­bu­te pio­nee­ring hydrau­lic com­pon­ents and sys­tems. For some years now, we have been stra­te­gi­cal­ly deve­lo­ping the busi­ness field of hydro­gen and elec­tro­mo­bi­li­ty and are con­ti­nuous­ly expan­ding our pro­duct port­fo­lio. Today, our inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts are used in hydro­gen and ener­gy gene­ra­ti­on, fil­ling sta­ti­on and char­ging infra­struc­tu­re, mobi­le machi­nes as well as pro­duc­tion and recy­cling systems. 

How does HYDAC use hydrogen?

Many of our cus­to­mers are dis­co­ve­ring the poten­ti­al of hydro­gen. We can alre­a­dy crea­te added value for various appli­ca­ti­ons with our tried and tes­ted pro­ducts. It is important to us to grow tog­e­ther with our cus­to­mers to meet new chal­lenges – our inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry team of experts focu­ses on inno­va­ti­on and quality.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for HYDAC to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

HYDAC is con­vin­ced that the decar­bo­ni­sa­ti­on of the port envi­ron­ment is only pos­si­ble through a com­bi­na­ti­on of H2 and bat­tery elec­tric sys­tems. Tog­e­ther with port ope­ra­tors and equip­ment manu­fac­tu­r­ers, we ana­ly­se cur­rent tech­ni­cal and orga­ni­sa­tio­nal chal­lenges in the ope­ra­ti­on of mobi­le logi­stics sys­tems and thus deve­lop inno­va­ti­ve sys­tem solutions.


hySO­LU­TI­ONS GmbH is a public-pri­va­te com­pa­ny with share­hol­ders from the mobi­li­ty and infra­struc­tu­re sec­tor, the ener­gy indus­try and Hamburg’s busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty. Foun­ded in 2005, hySO­LU­TI­ONS works on the imple­men­ta­ti­on of the mobi­li­ty tur­n­around with stake­hol­ders from Ham­burg, the metro­po­li­tan regi­on and bey­ond. hySO­LU­TI­ONS sup­ports and coor­di­na­tes the appli­ca­ti­on of fuel cell and hydro­gen tech­no­lo­gy as well as inno­va­ti­ve elec­tric dri­ve and sup­p­ly sys­tems in clo­se coor­di­na­ti­on with the aut­ho­ri­ties of the Ham­burg Sena­te. The com­pa­ny is based in Hamburg.

How does hySO­LU­TI­ONS use hydrogen?

Ham­burg has the lar­gest con­ti­guous indus­tri­al area in Ger­ma­ny. The spe­cial fea­ture here is not only the spa­ti­al pro­xi­mi­ty of port logi­stics to lar­ge-sca­le indus­tri­al plants. A cha­rac­te­ristic fea­ture of Ham­burg is the focus on basic mate­ri­al pro­ces­sing indus­tries, such as metall­ur­gy (steel, cop­per, alu­mi­ni­um) or lubri­cants, oil and other che­mi­cal pro­ducts. All of the­se high­ly indus­tria­li­sed com­pa­nies have in com­mon that they can use rege­ne­ra­tively pro­du­ced hydro­gen within their pro­duc­tion pro­ces­ses and thus signi­fi­cant­ly redu­ce their car­bon foot­print. This is not just a ques­ti­on of tech­ni­cal fea­si­bi­li­ty, but also of pro­duct qua­li­ty and, abo­ve all, of the eco­no­mic effi­ci­en­cy of the use of the technology.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for hySO­LU­TI­ONS to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Alt­hough ship­ping is the most effi­ci­ent mode of trans­port in terms of ener­gy con­sump­ti­on, the lar­ge-sca­le use of hea­vy oil as a fuel leads to emis­si­ons of green­house gases, nitro­gen and sulp­hur oxi­des as well as par­ti­cu­la­te mat­ter. In addi­ti­on to the IMO’s pos­tu­la­ted green­house gas stra­te­gies, the Euro­pean Com­mis­si­on has the goal of redu­cing ener­gy con­sump­ti­on on ships by 75% by 2050. At the same time, gre­at efforts are also nee­ded to achie­ve cli­ma­te neu­tra­li­ty for ports. hySO­LU­TI­ONS sees the CPL as an important step towards this.

Hyster-Yale Europe B.V.

Hys­ter-Yale Group is a glo­bal manu­fac­tu­rer of con­tai­ner hand­lers, lift trucks, and warehouse equip­ment. EMEA head­quar­ters for the com­pa­ny, are in Frim­ley, UK.
The group is deve­lo­ping Bat­tery Elec­tric and Fuel Cell Elec­tric powered port equip­ment, inclu­ding Emp­ty Con­tai­ner Hand­lers, Reach­Sta­ckers, Laden Con­tai­ner Hand­lers and Ter­mi­nal Trac­tors. The engi­nee­ring deve­lo­p­ment cent­re and manu­fac­tu­ring plant based in Nij­me­gen are taking the lead in pro­vi­ding zero-emis­si­ons port equip­ment solu­ti­ons. Sis­ter com­pa­ny Nuve­ra Fuel Cells pro­vi­des Fuel Cell engi­nes used in port equip­ment and other types of hea­vy vehic­les such as busses.

How does Hys­ter-Yale use hydrogen?

Hydro­gen will be used to power our ran­ge of Fuel Cell Elec­tric port equip­ment at ter­mi­nals around the globe.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Hys­ter-Yale to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

The Clean Ports Clus­ter is will be a cata­lyst for the tran­si­ti­on to zero-emis­si­ons as we need the holi­stic approach to dri­ve the inno­va­ti­on. The tran­si­ti­on requi­res all par­ties in the port to work in par­al­lel to speed up the imple­men­ta­ti­on of zero-emis­si­ons solutions.

Konecranes Noell GmbH

Kon­e­cra­nes Noell GmbH, a com­pa­ny of the glo­bal­ly ope­ra­ting Kon­e­cra­nes Group. Kon­e­cra­nes Noell GmbH is based in Würz­burg. Kon­e­cra­nes Noell GmbH spe­cia­li­ses in the deve­lo­p­ment, manu­fac­tu­re and ser­vice of stradd­le car­ri­ers for con­tai­ner ter­mi­nals worldwide.

How does Kon­e­cra­nes Noell GmbH use hydrogen?

Hydro­gen will be used as an ener­gy source for the ope­ra­ti­on of our con­tai­ner hand­ling equip­ment, initi­al­ly for stradd­le car­ri­ers, but also for other Kon­e­cra­nes’ die­sel-powered equipment.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Kon­e­cra­nes Noel GmbH to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

We are com­mit­ted to pro­vi­ding our cus­to­mers with envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly and sus­tainable pro­ducts and ser­vices, which includes mini­mi­sing harmful emis­si­ons. By par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the clus­ter, we under­line this com­mit­ment and sup­port the intro­duc­tion of zero-emis­si­on ener­gy sources in our industry.

Lhyfe GmbH

As a pro­du­cer of green hydro­gen, we accom­pa­ny the enti­re pro­cess from design to pro­duct. We not only plan the deve­lo­p­ment of indus­tri­al pro­duc­tion sites for green hydro­gen, but also mana­ge the pro­duc­tion pro­cess after site acqui­si­ti­on and rea­li­se the logi­stics to the cus­to­mer. By lin­king to exis­ting rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources, we offer muni­ci­pa­li­ties and indus­try an imme­dia­te impe­tus towards the ener­gy transition.

How does the Lyh­fe use hydrogen?

To estab­lish sui­ta­ble hydro­gen eco­sys­tems, Lhy­fe also crea­tes the appro­pria­te hydro­gen infra­struc­tu­re – inclu­ding the con­s­truc­tion of pipe­lines and hydro­gen fil­ling sta­ti­ons. Curr­ent­ly, the­re are about 90 pro­jects with a total capa­ci­ty of 4.8 GW in the com­mer­cial pipe­line. Cur­rent pro­ject part­ners of Lhy­fe include Deut­sche Bahn, Sie­mens Mobi­li­ty, LIDL, Plug­Power and num­e­rous indus­try giants.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Lhy­fe to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Lhy­fe deve­lo­ps cus­tom-fit com­mer­cial sup­p­ly con­cepts for the respec­ti­ve appli­ca­ti­on are­as and thus sup­ports indus­try and muni­ci­pa­li­ties in decar­bo­ni­s­ing their pro­ces­ses and achie­ving their cli­ma­te goals. In the CPL clus­ter, we want to work tog­e­ther with part­ners to deve­lop spe­ci­fic solu­ti­ons for port logi­stics and deve­lop a deep under­stan­ding of the chal­lenges and requirements.

Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft mbH

Lübe­cker Hafen-Gesell­schaft mbH (LHG) ope­ra­tes the public ports in the Han­sea­tic City of Lübeck and is Germany’s lar­gest ro-ro port ope­ra­tor on the Bal­tic Sea. Our com­pa­ny is majo­ri­ty-owned by the Han­sea­tic City of Lübeck (100%) and employs around 750 people.

LHG ope­ra­tes four port ter­mi­nals along the river Tra­ve with 18 jet­ties and a total area of 165 hec­ta­res. In addi­ti­on to its core busi­ness of port hand­ling, ste­ve­do­ring and warehousing, the LHG, as a modern logi­stics group, offers a wide ran­ge of ser­vices tog­e­ther with its sub­si­dia­ries and hol­dings. More than 23 mil­li­on ton­nes of goods are hand­led at our ter­mi­nals every year. The­se include rol­ling car­go such as trucks and semi-trai­lers, con­tai­ners, forestry pro­ducts (paper, pulp, tim­ber), steel, new vehic­les, but also bulk goods such as fer­ti­li­sers or buil­ding materials.

How does the LHG use hydrogen?

Tech­ni­cal fur­ther deve­lo­p­ment of indus­tri­al trucks, Tug­mas­ters, Picky­Pa­ckers, lar­ge for­k­lifts towards hydro­gen.
Own gene­ra­ti­on pos­si­ble through PV with elec­tro­ly­ser ->inde­pen­dent ener­gy sup­p­ly.
H2: as an alter­na­ti­ve to die­sel (pos­si­ble eli­mi­na­ti­on of port die­sel from approx. 2024/25)
Mea­su­res to achie­ve the “FIT FOR 55” cli­ma­te targets

What is the moti­va­ti­on for LHG to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Net­wor­king with the lar­ge field of interest.

Mitsui & Co Europe Plc

Mit­sui & Co., Ltd. is a glo­bal tra­ding and invest­ment com­pa­ny in Japan with a diver­si­fied busi­ness port­fo­lio in a num­ber of sec­tors, inclu­ding ener­gy, infra­struc­tu­re (incl. ports), mobi­li­ty, machi­nery, logi­stics, che­mi­cals, mine­ral & metal resour­ces, iron & steel pro­ducts and others. 

Mit­sui has about 5,500 employees and deploys talent across 129 offices in 63 count­ries and regi­ons to iden­ti­fy, deve­lop and grow busi­nesses in col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with a glo­bal net­work of trus­ted partners.

How does Mit­sui use hydrogen?

Hydro­gen has been iden­ti­fied as one the key growth are­as in the next gene­ra­ti­on ener­gy and sus­taina­bi­li­ty initia­ti­ves. Mitsui’s hydro­gen stra­tegy covers par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in regio­nal sup­p­ly and demand crea­ti­on inclu­ding hea­vy-duty mobi­li­ty and indus­tri­al sec­tors in short-/mid-term, and deve­lo­ping lar­ge sca­le inter­na­tio­nal clean hydrogen/ammonia/e‑methanol value chain in the long-term. 

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Mit­sui to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Mit­sui is keen to explo­re the tech­ni­cal and com­mer­cial fea­si­bi­li­ty of various low-car­bon and zero-emis­si­on tech­no­lo­gies and appli­ca­ti­ons in car­go-hand­ling, logi­stics and mari­ti­me sectors.

Neltume Ports S.A.

Neltu­me Ports is a com­pa­ny part of the Ultra­mar Group and is dedi­ca­ted to the deve­lo­p­ment and ope­ra­ti­on of port ter­mi­nals. Neltu­me Ports curr­ent­ly owns and ope­ra­tes 17 ter­mi­nals in Chi­le, Argen­ti­na, Bra­zil, Uru­gu­ay, Bra­zil and the United States.

How does Neltu­me Ports use hydrogen?

We are deve­lo­ping the decar­bo­ni­sa­ti­on stra­tegy of our cur­rent and future ope­ra­ti­ons, whe­re we belie­ve hydro­gen will play a signi­fi­cant role along with elec­tri­fi­ca­ti­on and other rene­wa­ble ener­gy sources. We would like to ana­ly­se the fea­si­bi­li­ty of incor­po­ra­ting this tech­no­lo­gy in our dif­fe­rent mobi­le and sta­tio­na­ry equip­ment. Neltu­me Ports will also stri­ve to form part of the hydro­gen sup­p­ly chain as a port ope­ra­tor in the medi­um-short term.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Neltu­me Ports to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

We belie­ve that coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween the dif­fe­rent actors in the green hydro­gen chain is key for the indus­try to deve­lop and beco­me a pil­lar for achie­ving glo­bal cli­ma­te goals. This is why we want to be part of the stu­dy in order to con­tri­bu­te to this objec­ti­ve and at the same time to under­stand the cha­rac­te­ristics, risks and bene­fits of incor­po­ra­ting green hydro­gen in our operations.

Port of Kiel

See­ha­fen Kiel GmbH & Co. KG is one of the most ver­sa­ti­le ports in the Bal­tic Sea regi­on. Its geo­gra­phic loca­ti­on, con­sis­t­ent­ly deep water and direct con­nec­tion to the rail and motor­way net­work make the port equal­ly attrac­ti­ve for car­go hand­ling and pas­sen­ger traf­fic. See­ha­fen Kiel GmbH&Co. KG offers sta­te-of-the-art ter­mi­nal infra­struc­tu­re for crui­se tou­rism, RoRo or RoPax liner ser­vices and pure car­go cus­to­mers. The SEEHAFEN KIEL GmbH & Co. KG (PORT OF KIEL) is the owner of the public faci­li­ties and infra­struc­tu­re in the com­mer­cial port. It is respon­si­ble for the deve­lo­p­ment of the port, invest­ments and expan­si­on as well as for the main­ten­an­ce of the faci­li­ties. PORT OF KIEL also ope­ra­tes Kiel Air­port and a public port rail­way infra­struc­tu­re. The com­pa­ny is a whol­ly owned sub­si­dia­ry of the City of Kiel and has three sub­si­dia­ries and asso­cia­ted companies. 

How does the Port of Kiel use hydrogen?

The Port of Kiel GmbH & Co. KG is inte­res­ted in dif­fe­rent pos­si­ble appli­ca­ti­ons of hydro­gen. We see con­cre­te appli­ca­ti­on pos­si­bi­li­ties on the one hand as an alter­na­ti­ve fuel dri­ve in ship­ping, and on the other hand to power our port hand­ling equip­ment as an alter­na­ti­ve to the elec­tric dri­ve of the­se machi­nes. Howe­ver, we would also be inte­res­ted in the pos­si­bi­li­ty of pro­du­cing hydro­gen from sur­plus elec­tri­ci­ty, hydro­gen hand­ling in our port in gene­ral (if inte­res­t­ing) as well as dis­cus­sing hydro­gen usa­ge pos­si­bi­li­ties in avia­ti­on (small-sca­le appli­ca­ti­on pos­si­bi­li­ties as part of our sub­si­dia­ry, Flug­ha­fen Kiel GmbH).

What is the moti­va­ti­on for the Port of Kiel to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

To exch­an­ge expe­ri­en­ces with com­pa­nies that deve­lop hydro­gen appli­ca­ti­ons, sup­p­ly hydro­gen or alre­a­dy use hydro­gen in their com­pa­ny, and to dis­cuss and deve­lop appli­ca­ti­on pos­si­bi­li­ties and sce­na­ri­os in our port with them. Gain know­ledge through test appli­ca­ti­ons of hydro­gen in the port envi­ron­ment at HHLA’s hydro­gen test field.

Port of Los Angeles

The Port of Los Ange­les is one of the busie­st sea­ports in the world and the lea­ding gate­way for inter­na­tio­nal trade in North Ame­ri­ca. The Port of Los Ange­les, a divi­si­on of the City of Los Ange­les, is loca­ted in San Pedro Bay, 25 miles south of down­town Los Ange­les, Cali­for­nia, USA.

How does the Port of Los Ange­les use hydrogen?

The Port of Los Ange­les intends to use hydro­gen in its main mobi­le sources of car­go trans­por­ta­ti­on (ships, trucks, trains, car­go hand­ling equip­ment and port vehic­les), but initi­al­ly in hea­vy-duty vehic­les and car­go hand­ling equipment.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for the Port of Los Ange­les to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

The Port of Los Ange­les is moti­va­ted to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the clus­ter to obtain and share infor­ma­ti­on on hydro­gen pro­duc­tion, deli­very and end use.

C.Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal ) GmbH & Co. KG

Sin­ce 1858, the uni­ver­sal ter­mi­nal of the hand­ling com­pa­ny C. Stein­weg (Süd-West Ter­mi­nal) GmbH & Co. KG has been loca­ted on Kamerun­kai in the Port of Ham­burg. The focus of its busi­ness acti­vi­ties is the ste­ve­do­ring and warehousing of con­ven­tio­nal gene­ral car­go as well as the hand­ling of con­tai­ners and a wide varie­ty of com­mo­di­ties. Among other things, metals, cof­fee, cocoa, paper as well as pro­ject car­goes and con­tai­ners are stored in a cer­ti­fied exch­an­ge warehouse at the ter­mi­nal. The ran­ge of ser­vices also includes goods inspec­tion, sam­pling, repack­a­ging, test­ing, gas­sing and cus­toms clearance.

How does Stein­weg use hydrogen?

As a com­pa­ny that has his­to­ri­cal­ly grown its ser­vice acti­vi­ties in the direct vici­ni­ty of the resi­den­ti­al area of Hamburg’s Hafen­ci­ty, we would pri­ma­ri­ly like to equip or retro­fit our fleet of indus­tri­al trucks with hydro­gen dri­ves. On the one hand, we expect a signi­fi­cant reduc­tion in our emis­si­ons and, on the other hand, ide­al fea­si­bi­li­ty in terms of 24-hour operation.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for Stein­weg to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

Against the back­drop of gro­wing envi­ron­men­tal awa­re­ness, we also want to do our part and accor­din­gly redu­ce our emis­si­ons sus­tain­ab­ly and signi­fi­cant­ly. In doing so, we want to con­tri­bu­te to a green future for future generations.

University of Hamburg (TUHH)

Insti­tu­te of Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­nee­ring and Ener­gy Eco­no­mics (IUE), Ham­burg Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­no­lo­gy (TUHH)

How does the TUHH use hydrogen?

Rese­arch acti­vi­ties in the field of sus­tainable ener­gy sys­tems, inclu­ding the tech­no-eco­no­mic eva­lua­ti­on of hydro­gen sup­p­ly chains and hydro­gen appli­ca­ti­ons as well as the model­ling and ana­ly­sis of PtL processes.

What is the moti­va­ti­on for TUHH to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the cluster?

As the Insti­tu­te for Envi­ron­men­tal Tech­no­lo­gy and Ener­gy Eco­no­mics at TUHH, par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on in the clus­ter is very attrac­ti­ve in order to work on hydro­gen appli­ca­ti­ons in the port in direct coope­ra­ti­on with all part­ners in a prac­ti­cal pro­ject, to mutual­ly bene­fit from the know­ledge of the part­ners, and ulti­m­ate­ly to map, ana­ly­se and sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly eva­lua­te the green port of tomor­row in an over­all model based on real ope­ra­ting data.

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