On Friday, December 8, 2023, representatives of the 45 partner companies of the Clean Port & Logistics (CPL) cluster came together for the annual meeting in Hamburg. The Clean Port & Logistics innovation cluster was founded last year by Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) to test the use of emission-free equipment in port logistics together with partner companies. The first results have now been presented.
Angela Titzrath, CEO of HHLA, welcomed the participants on Friday: "We founded Clean Port & Logistics last year to accelerate the transition to climate-friendly heavy goods and port logistics. We have used the past year in particular to prepare the tests planned for 2024 and the construction of a hydrogen filling station at HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort in Hamburg. In addition, the working groups formed by the cluster for the various key topics have already developed initial results, concepts and simulations. In the next step, these will be tested and optimized in practical operation."
At the cluster's annual meeting on Friday, around 45 representatives of the partner companies discussed the initial results of the working groups. In addition, Hyster and LifteH2 presented the current status of the development of hydrogen-powered handling equipment and its fuelling. The German Aerospace Center also presented the "ZERO-EMISSION PORT" project, in which the necessary infrastructure measures for the climate-friendly conversion of the port with its industry and logistics activities are being determined. The group then visited the Port of Hamburg. At the HHLA container terminals Tollerort and Altenwerder, the cluster members got to know the Hamburg test fields and the first industrial applications for hydrogen-powered and battery-electric handling equipment.
The members of CPL are made up of companies involved in the decarbonization of port handling and heavy goods transport. These include, in particular, manufacturers and users of equipment, suppliers of hydrogen and other fossil-free drive energies, those responsible for logistics infrastructure, consulting, certification and other service companies as well as scientific partners. The collaboration at CPL supports companies in decarbonizing their processes and making sensible, climate-friendly investments by providing them with the necessary information and practical experience. Participation is open to all interested companies.
The cluster is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of a national innovation programme for hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Projektträger Jülich (PTJ).