European demonstration of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts

Framework Programme: 
Call for proposals: 
Application area: 
Early markets

The overall purpose and ambition of HyLIFT-DEMO is to conduct a large scale demonstration of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts, which enables a following deployment and market introduction starting no later than 2013. The HyLIFT-DEMO project objectives are: to conduct 2 year demonstration of 30 units of 2.5-3.5 tons forklifts with a fully integrated 3rd generation fuel cell system, to conduct 2 year demonstration of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure at 3 end-user sites throughout Europe where the fuel cell forklifts are to be demonstrated, to conduct accelerated laboratory durability tests on fuel cell systems to validate life time and sensitivity to shock, vibration & climate exposure, reaching 4,000 hours in laboratory, to validate value proposition & reaching of commercial and environmental targets by conducting data acquisition from the demonstration operation and validating reaching of performance targets on durability, efficiency and costs for 3rd generation technology, to plan and secure initiation of R&D of 4th generation commercial products by ensuring that R&D of 4th generation fuel cell and hydrogen refuelling technology is initiated onwards reaching full commercial targets, to plan and ensure initiation of a commercial market deployment by end of 2013 of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts and develop suggestions for deployment support mechanisms, to secure RCS for enabling commercialisation by identifying future Regulation, Codes & Standard needs in order to enable commercial high volume certification & use of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts and to disseminate project results throughout Europe to the hydrogen and fuel cell industry as well as the material handling industry, motivating national and regional actors to also initiate development and commercialisation activities within the area.

Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.4.1: Demonstration of fuel cell-powered materials handling vehicles and infrastructure
Project type: 
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Saturday, January 1, 2011
End date: 
Monday, June 30, 2014
36 months (originally), extended to 42 months
Project cost: 
€ 7,306,561.60
Project funding: 
€ 2,877,294

Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH, Germany

Mr Hubert Landinger
Other participating organisations: 

Organisation name        

H2 Logic A/S


(DanTruck A/S)


Technical University of Denmark


TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH


Linde AG


JRC - Joint Research Centre, European Commission


Stiftelsen SINTEF


FAST, Italian Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations