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Large scale demonstration of fuel cell powered material handling vehicles

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 Topic:SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.1: Demonstration of fuel cell-powered Material Handling Equipment vehicles including infrastructure


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