HyLIFT-EUROPE - 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 2 sites across Europe (the initial plan foresaw 5-20 sites), making it the largest European trial of hydrogen fuel cell material handling vehicles so far. This continues efforts of the previous FCH JU supported HyLIFT-DEMO project.
In the HyLIFT-EUROPE project the partners demonstrate fuel cell systems in material handling vehicles from the partner STILL and from non-participating OEMs. STILL purchases fuel cell systems from suppliers according to the FCH JU purchasing rules (“principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness”). Fuel cell vehicles from other non-participating OEMs are also demonstrated due to 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 2 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) are to be deployed (initially the deployment of 5-20 HRS was planned) 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 are to 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 vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure operators to SME companies.
The partners will also plan and ensure initiation of supported market deployment beyond 2018 and validation of 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 large European industrial users of material handling vehicles, as well as on key policy and industry stakeholders.
Final Report Summary - HYLIFT-EUROPE (HyLIFT-EUROPE - Large scale demonstration of fuel cell powered material handling vehicles)
Over recent years, the commercial case for hydrogen powered fuel cell materials handling vehicles has become increasingly attractive, with the costs of the technology becoming increasingly competitive in relation to the incumbent drive trains. These developments have led to several large-scale deployments of such vehicles in the USA.
For a variety of reasons, the commercial case for hydrogen powered fuel cell materials handling vehicles in European operations has not kept pace and, as a result, there have as yet not been any similar large-scale deployments of materials handling vehicles in Europe.
However, the cost reductions and technology improvements required to boost commercialisation in Europe are very close. The first step to achieve commercialization of products in Europe was initiated in the context of the HyLIFT-DEMO project, supported by the FCH JU, which deployed 11 fuel cell materials handling vehicles in commercial operations in a 3.5-year demonstration project finished in 2014.
The HyLIFT-EUROPE project represents the next logical step from HyLIFT-DEMO and addresses the topic “SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.1: Demonstration of fuel cell-powered Material Handling Equipment vehicles including infrastructure” in the 4th call of the European Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Implementation Plan (AIP 2011). HyLIFT-EUROPE provides the next step towards market deployment by increasing the demonstrated volume to about 200 vehicles.
Lessons learned from HyLIFT-DEMO have shown that in order to demonstrate such a high number of vehicles, several vehicle types are needed to satisfy a wide range of customer needs.
HyLIFT-EUROPE deploys two new and dedicated state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling solutions for materials handling vehicles at two sites in France. This hydrogen refuelling technology has now reached a status that has the potential to be commercially rolled out across Europe.
The fuel cell technology demonstrated was procured by the vehicle OEM according to the FCH JU rules (“principles of economy, efficiency and effectiveness”) from the just developing market. The systems are fully integrated in the above-mentioned materials handling vehicles by the participating vehicle OEM.
The hydrogen refuelling stations (HRSs) deployed use the latest refuelling technology. The project partners cover the entire value chain and all the disciplines and technologies required for providing fully working hydrogen powered fuel cell materials handling vehicle solutions. The value chain consists of both large and SME companies, who collaborated in this project with the aim of establishing a strong European presence in the hydrogen powered fuel cell materials handling vehicle market.
In keeping the call objectives, the principal objective of the HyLIFT-EUROPE project was to deploy large numbers of fuel cell materials handling vehicles and associated refuelling infrastructure, with the aim of bringing the European materials handling vehicle market closer to commercialisation.