Large scale demonstration of fuel cell powered material handling vehicles

Framework Programme: 
Call for proposals: 
Application area: 
Early markets
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The aim of HyLIFT-EUROPE is to demonstrate more than 200 fuel cell material handling vehicles and associated refuelling infrastructure at 5-20 sites across Europe, making it the largest European trial of hydrogen fuel cell material handling vehicles so far and the world’s first large scale demonstration of airport tow tractors. This will continue efforts of the ongoing FCH JU supported HyLIFT-DEMO project.
In the HyLIFT-EUROPE project the partners will demonstrate fuel cell systems in material handling vehicles from the partners STILL and MULAG and potentially from non-participating OEMs. STILL will purchase fuel cell systems from suppliers according to the FCH JU purchasing rules (“principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness”). MULAG will integrate fuel cell systems from the partner DTP. Fuel cell vehicles from other non-participating OEMs may also be demonstrated depending on identified customer needs. The high volume combined with the FCH JU support is enabling a cost-neutral demonstration operation for vehicle-users. Dialogues have been established with 33 vehicle-users with a combined fleet of 2,097 vehicles of the types targeted for demonstration.
At the vehicle-user sites 5-20 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) will be deployed using the latest technology by Air Liquide. To arrive at the target hydrogen price of 8-12 €/kg (average target < 10 €/kg) dispensed at the pump, vehicle deployment locations will be chosen close to hydrogen production locations whenever possible in order to arrive at the lowest hydrogen supply cost.
The project partners cover the entire value chain and all the disciplines and technologies required for providing fully working hydrogen powered fuel cell material handling solutions ranging from fuel cell system providers, vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure operators and SME companies.
The partners will also plan and ensure initiation of supported market deployment beyond 2015 and validation performance targets on durability, efficiency and costs from the demonstration activities. Project results and experiences will be disseminated throughout Europe targeting early adopters of hydrogen vehicles, focused on European airports and large industrial users of material handling vehicles, as well as on key policy and industry stakeholders.

Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.1: Demonstration of fuel cell-powered Material Handling Equipment vehicles including infrastructure
Project type: 
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
End date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
48 months (originally), extended to 60 months then extended to 72 months
Project cost: 
€ 15,680,960.2
Project funding: 
€ 6,896,871

Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH, Germany

Hubert Landinger
Other participating organisations: 
Organisation Country
STILL GmbH Germany
(Air Products GmbH) Germany
(Copenhagen Hydrogen Network A/S) Denmark
Federazione delle Associazioni Scientifiche e Tecniche Italy
H2 Logic A/S Denmark
Air Liquide Advanced Business


Prelocentre France