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Ports Go Green: Hydrogen-Powered Cranes Take Over Los Angeles

20 May 2024

The Port of Los Angeles is setting a new standard for clean operations with the arrival of the world's first hydrogen fuel cell RTG crane!

Get ready for zero-emission cargo handling and a major leap towards a greener future.

H2-ZE Transtainer Crane: Powering Up Without Plugging In

  • A Hydrogen Hero is Born: MITSUI E&S and PACECO unveil the H2-ZE Transtainer Crane, the first of its kind, powered by clean hydrogen fuel cells.

  • Zero-Emission Champion:  This innovative crane boasts zero emissions during operation, contributing significantly to cleaner air at the port.

  • Unmatched Performance:  Despite its eco-friendly nature, the H2-ZE crane delivers the same muscle as conventional diesel models, handling cargo with ease.

Innovation Meets Efficiency: Power on Demand

  • PACECO-Mitsui Fuel Cell Power Pack:  The secret weapon behind this green giant? A PACECO-Mitsui Fuel Cell Power Pack (FCPP), designed to keep the crane operational for two full shifts without a dip in performance.

  • Retrofit Ready:  The FCPP isn't just for new cranes! Existing diesel and hybrid RTGs can be upgraded to hydrogen power, offering a sustainable solution for existing equipment.

From Prototype to Reality: Testing and Deployment

  • Real-World Validation:  A newly built H2-ZE Transtainer was delivered to Yusen Terminals Inc. for commercial operation, testing its performance in real-world scenarios.

  • Data-Driven Future:  The gathered data will be used for further improvements and pave the way for wider deployment of hydrogen-powered cranes.

  • Clean Hydrogen Supply Chain:  This project is part of a larger initiative to create a clean hydrogen supply chain, ensuring a sustainable source of fuel for these powerful cranes.

A Breath of Fresh Air for Ports: A Collaborative Effort

  • Clean Air Action Plan:  The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are leading the charge with their ambitious goal of zero emissions for all cargo handling equipment by 2030.

  • Collaboration is Key:  This project, partially funded by Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), highlights the power of collaboration in achieving clean air goals.

The H2-ZE Transtainer Crane is a game-changer for port operations. By harnessing the power of hydrogen fuel cells, it paves the way for a cleaner future, reduces reliance on fossil fuels, and sets a new standard for sustainable cargo handling. This is a big win for the environment and a testament to the power of innovation!

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