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HHLA and Linde Engineering to build hydrogen filling station 

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Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has commissioned Linde Engineering to build a hydrogen filling station in the Port of Hamburg, Germany. The station will form part of the port’s test centre for hydrogen-powered port logistics at the Container Terminal Tollerort (CTT). 

HHLA will operate the filling station as part of its cluster activities in the Port of Hamburg. Linde Engineering and HHLA aim to establish a reliable refuelling infrastructure for heavy equipment in the Port of Hamburg.  

The filling station is an energy-efficient high-pressure ionic compressor that compresses the hydrogen up to 450 bar, allowing equipment such as straddle carriers, empty container stackers, forklift trucks, reach stackers, terminal tractor units and trucks to be refuelled with hydrogen more efficiently.  

Dr Georg Böttner, head of the HHLA Hydrogen Network, says: ‘Our commissioning of Linde Engineering to build the hydrogen filling station is the next milestone for our hydrogen activities in the Clean Port & Logistics cluster. With the construction of the filling station, the required infrastructure is now being created to speed up the transition to emissions-free heavy goods logistics and port operations, and to drive forward the decarbonisation of logistics.’ 

Dr Alexander Unterschütz, executive vice president components, at Linde Engineering, says: ‘We are delighted to support this forward-looking project with our technology. Efficient, and most importantly, safe refuelling of various hydrogen vehicles is essential for sustainable and seamless port operations.’ 

The filling station is expected to begin operation in 2023. 

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