Welcome to the HyLIFT-EUROPE project for materials handling!
The aim of HyLIFT-EUROPE is to demonstrate more than 200 fuel cell materials handling vehicles and associated refuelling infrastructure at 2 sites in Europe, making it the largest European trial of hydrogen fuel cell materials handling vehicles so far. The project efforts are in continuation of the previous FCH JU supported HyLIFT-DEMO project. In the HyLIFT-EUROPE project the partners demonstrate fuel cell systems in materials handling vehicles from the partner STILL and other non-participating OEMs.
The demonstration of more than 200 units of fuel cell powered materials handling vehicles at vehicle-user sites will prove the feasibility and reliability in genuine daily heavy commercial use in rugged industrial operating environments. The significant volume will help to lower the costs of fuel cell materials handling vehicles in Europe (and associated hydrogen refuelling infrastructure) through volume production and to achieve genuine parity with the costs of the incumbent drive trains in many locations. This will be one of the first major commercially viable deployments of fuel cell powered materials handling vehicles in Europe and will facilitate the early introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for materials handling vehicles.
The demonstration of state-of-the-art supporting hydrogen refuelling infrastructure at two vehicle-user demonstration sites in Europe will prove the safety and practical case for the use of hydrogen as a transportation fuel in safety- and reliability-critical industrial 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 materials handling vehicles at these locations and help to extend the European hydrogen fuel network.
The project started in JAN 2013 and is co-funded by the European Joint Undertaking for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen FCH JU | Topic: SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.1 | contract no: 303451