HyLIFT-EUROPE project objectives

Project Objectives

The principal objective of the HyLIFT-EUROPE project is to deploy large numbers of fuel cell material handling vehicles and associated refuelling infrastructure, with the aim of bringing the European material handling vehicle market closer to commercialisation through volume cost reductions.

The detailed objectives of the project are:

Demonstration of up to 200 units of fuel cell powered material handling vehicles at vehicle-user sites across Europe. This will prove the feasibility and reliability in genuine daily heavy commercial use in the rugged industrial and airport operating environments. The significant volume will help to lower the costs of material handling vehicles in Europe (and associated refuelling infrastructure) through volume production and to achieve genuine parity with the costs of the incumbent drive trains in most locations. This will be the first major commercially viable deployment of fuel cell powered material handling vehicles in Europe and will facilitate the early introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for other industrial and airport material handling vehicles.

Demonstration of state-of-the-art supporting hydrogen refuelling infrastructure at 10-20 vehicle-user demonstration sites throughout Europe. This will prove the safety and practical case for the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel in the safety- and reliability-critical industrial and airport airside environments. Additionally, the deployment of new hydrogen refuelling stations providing affordable hydrogen to selected European locations which have the potential to achieve genuine parity with the costs of the incumbent drive trains will enable OEMs to further deploy hydrogen fuel cell material handling vehicles at these locations and help to extend the European hydrogen fuel network.

Validate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) & path towards commercial targets. Data acquisition will be conducted on the demonstration vehicles, allowing the validation of performance targets on durability, efficiency and costs for the hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The project will also validate TCOs at different vehicle-user sites, for all kinds of material handling vehicles demonstrated. This will provide recommendations for next steps towards reaching targets enabling a supported market deployment of fuel cell material handling vehicles.

Plan and ensure initiation of supported market deployment beyond 2013 of hydrogen powered fuel cell material handling vehicles. As part of this project, vehicle manufacturers will plan for their future deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and suggestions for European / national / regional deployment support mechanisms will be developed. The project and demonstration volume in itself will provide a first step towards this commercialisation by selling the vehicles at commercially competitive prices directly through OEM manufacturers and thereby introducing a new route to market for fuel cell material handling vehicles. The project will allow European vehicle manufacturers to develop the know-how required to build hydrogen powered fuel cell material handling vehicles.

Best practice guide for HRS installation. Best-practice guides will document in detail the lessons learned from obtaining safety approval as well as construction and operation permits for the hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in industrial and airport environments, to be shared with potential future vehicle-users thereby streamlining the procedures for future deployments.

European dissemination and supporting of the European industry. HyLIFT-EUROPE represents the largest European trial of hydrogen fuel cell material handling vehicles so far and would also be a world first for the large scale demonstration of airport tow tractors. These facts and project results as well as 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, and the general public. Demonstration of the vehicles at high-profile airports and large industrial companies will ensure maximum exposure of the project and will be supplemented by other targeted dissemination events, as well as a project website. The trials of the vehicles in numerous locations will also be used as a marketing opportunity of hydrogen fuel cell material handling vehicles. The demonstration and dissemination efforts will support the European industry in expanding their present lead within the material handling sector to also include fuel cell drive trains. HyLIFT-EUROPE will allow European SMEs and industry to gain the expertise required for taking a lead role in the deployment of further fuel cell material handling vehicles, either within Europe, or through the worldwide export of products and services.

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