Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports and Shipping Workshop 2018
The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) is making plans to host a two-day workshop to discuss the current hydrogen and fuel cell activities in ports and maritime, hear the needs and challenges from port and maritime customers (port authorities, terminal operators, trucking companies) of California Ports to reduce their emission footprint and meet California state air quality requirements. This workshop will be the follow up to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports Workshop 2017, held at the California Maritime Academy in November and the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports Briefing, held at Banning’s Landing in Los Angeles last December 2017. At this year’s workshop, there will be updates from last year with presentations from ports authorities, terminal operators, trucking companies, hydrogen and fuel cell technology providers, and State funding agencies. The results will be compiled in a workshop report.
Harbors represent a vital component of U.S. infrastructure, for commerce and defense. Harbors are economic drivers for state jobs and development, entry points for goods used throughout the country, and important bases for the U.S. Navy. They also cause significant local air and greenhouse gas emissions, and the heavy duty truck fleets that move goods from ports to around the region cause problems well beyond the boundaries of the ports.
In California, the environmental footprint of ports is significant, both because of the volume of activity itself and because they tend to be located in areas that already experience heavy automobile and truck traffic, create smog, particulate matter, and ozone pollution. Areas of California suffer environmental conditions that cause breathing and heart-related health problems and health costs.
Hydrogen-fueled fuel cell electric vehicles are expanding in the California light duty vehicle market, and hydrogen fuel cell fork lifts and other products are being commercially purchased by product distribution centers and factories today. More than ever, it becomes noticeable that there are a variety of hydrogen and fuel cell products and systems, including stationary applications, that provide zero emission energy at the point of use, and “well to wheels” zero emission energy when the hydrogen is produced from renewable sources, everyone’s long term goal.
California programs in different stages of development will have an impact on the transition to hydrogen energy systems, including the Sustainable Freight Action Plan and Clean Air Action Plans. Hydrogen and fuel cell systems will have to meet the economic and performance requirements of the terminal operators to find market acceptance in the ports.