Port of Duisburg plans to supply new container terminal with hydrogen

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Posted on December 16, 2021 at 4:43 PM by

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The Port of Duisburg is partnering with Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems division to build a hydrogen fuel cell system to deliver electricity at peak loads, as well as a combined heat and power station. electricity to hydrogen. The port is working with its partners to build a hydrogen supply network, including energy conversion and storage systems, over the next two years.

Duisburg is already the largest inland port in Europe and is in the process of transforming a coal transshipment terminal into a new inland container terminal. This climate-friendly transformation will integrate the energy provided by fuel cells and hydrogen engines.

The Rolls Royce mtu fuel cell system will provide electricity to increase available grid capacity at peak load times – for example, when there are a lot of cold ironing ships docked.

In addition, a set of two hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine generator sets – adapted from mtu’s 4000 series natural gas power plants – will strengthen the power grid of the container terminal. The residual heat from the exhaust gases from the generators will be used for industrial heat or for heating the buildings around the port complex. The operator also plans to integrate solar panels and battery storage systems into the terminal’s network.

Courtesy Rolls-Royce Power Systems

The project is supported by the local government of Duisberg, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute Umsicht, regional public service networks and the German Federal Government. It will benefit from continued financial support from the Ministry of the Economy and Energy for four years.

The terminal itself is being developed in partnership with Cosco Shipping Logistics, the Swiss intermodal transport company Hupac SA and the inland barge line HTS Group. One of its main functions will be to provide intermodal transfers for rail trade from China. Duisburg is the European terminus for 30% of New Silk Road rail traffic, connecting the EU with cities in central and eastern China, and the new terminal could increase the number of unit trains transporting containers that it manages at 100 trains per week.

In an ambitious effort to reduce its total carbon footprint, the port plans to manage 40% of its container traffic by inland barge and 40% by rail, reducing the share of less efficient truck dumming to just 20%. It can also add hydrogen shunting locomotives for its marshalling yard.

“Hydrogen technology is no longer a dream for the future, but hydrogen technology will prove itself in everyday use in Duisburg. The parallel use of fuel cell and hydrogen engine solutions shows that we are on the right track with our open technology approach to developing new solutions for the energy supply of the future ”, said Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

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