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Hydrogen fuel cell powers container top picker at Los Angeles
HYDROGEN fuel cells provide zero-emission energy for electric engines that now power container yard handlers in the Port of Los Angeles, reports Massachusetts' DC Velocity.
Hydrogen fuel cells are providing the power for a top-pick container handler that was recently deployed at the Fenix Marine Services terminal. The handler was built by the lift truck manufacturer Hyster Co for a pilot test of the technology, with financial backing from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
The handler hoists full-size shipping containers by tapping into the power of two 45kw hydrogen fuel cells from Nuvera. The vehicle offers enough capacity to avoid the need for lengthy stops in the middle of a shift to refuel or recharge.
"Refueling the top-pick with hydrogen fuel is expected to take 15 minutes, with the intention to provide eight to 10 hours of continuous run time, all while producing no harmful emissions - only water and heat," the company said in a release.
The hydrogen fuel cell works in tandem with an onboard lithium-ion battery to either power the equipment directly or charge the onboard battery. The top-pick is also equipped with a patented Hyster energy-recovery system for electric container handlers that recovers and stores energy from lowering loads and braking.