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Hyster goes green with new zero-emission Reachstacker

Hyster’s fully electric Reachstacker will use an on-board hydrogen fuel cell to charge its battery

American manufacturing company Hyster’s Europe division announced on March 20 it is working on a zero-emission Reachstacker featuring a hydrogen fuel cell for the Port of Valencia, which will be the first in the continent to incorporate hydrogen energy in its operations.

As part of the European Horizon 2020 programme and H2Ports project, this technology will help the industry adopt low carbon and zero-emission machinery.

The on-board hydrogen fuel cell will charge the battery on the fully electric Hyster Reachstacker will be tested handling laden shipping containers on the MSC Terminal Valencia site in Spain, which has the capacity to receive some of the world’s biggest container ships.

Hyster incorporated new performance optimisation developments to this model, which is expected to start operations in 2021.

Alongside being powered by a Cummins diesel engine like the conventional stackers, the Reachstacker also includes cooling on demand, load sensing hydraulics (power on demand), RPM management and alternate engine idle speed to further decrease the total fuel consumption.

“As the first of its kind, we expect the new Hyster ReachStacker will be able to support continuous operations while providing zero emissions and achieving comparable full shift performance to a conventional IC reachstacker,” says director of big truck product strategy and solutions at Hyster Europe Jan Willem van den Brand.

Electricity is the main energy source of the vehicle at high voltage, and will help users achieve a reduction in energy costs.

Van den Brand added: “We plan to maximise uptime, minimise refuelling requirements and help applications to manage power consumption while complying with relevant environmental regulations and incentives.”

The H2Ports project, which follows a similar development in the Port of Los Angeles, is funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCHJU), which further allows for the development of an electric yard tractor and the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station.

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