Port of LA to test manure-derived hydrogen as fuel for trucks, cranes

A Toyota Motor group member will start a four-year test at one of the largest U.S. ports using cargo equipment powered by hydrogen derived from animal waste.

The pilot program will take place at the Port of Los Angeles from February though March 2026, Japanese commodity and equipment distributor Toyota Tsusho said Tuesday.

It will involve seven pieces of machinery powered by fuel cells, including a crane, machines that offload containers, and trucks.

The hydrogen will come from renewable natural gas, or biomethane. Derived from manure produced at farms and improved to fuel-grade, this gas contributes to reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

The Port of Los Angeles aims to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions from equipment use by 2035.

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