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Large scale demonstration of substitution of battery electric forklifts by hydrogen fuel cell forklifts in logistics warehouses

Objective

HAWL project aims at demonstrating competitiveness, technical maturity and user acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell powered forklift trucks fleets in a logistics warehouse environment in Europe, as an alternative to battery powered trucks operation.

Electric forklift trucks have gained popularity in Europe due to efficiency of engines, absence of noise and of emissions at point of use. The main issue they have to address is battery management. Limited autonomy of batteries and voltage drops at end of discharge lead to complex battery swapping, and recharge processes.

A few fuel cell initiatives have started in Europe in the material handling segment, however nearly all operators use a mix of forklift trucks of different types and no fuel cell vendor has yet proposed a wide enough range of products to allow a full warehouse fleet conversion, necessary to suppress battery operations and obtain the benefits expected from the technology.

The new generation of fuel cell products and refuelling infrastructure that HyPulsion, Air Liquide and OEMs intend to develop in the frame of the HAWL project, are expected to bring productivity gains for the end users, due to faster and simpler refuelling and longer expected autonomy, while reaching the cost and performance targets needed for wide commercialization.

The HAWL consortium, which gathers major companies in the field of fuel cells, forklift trucks, hydrogen distribution and dispensing and warehouse logistics, will undertake to prove productivity gains and reach or exceed economic breakeven in operations, using the technology on full fleets.

The consortium within a 4-year time frame will:
- solve relevant safety and acceptance issues,
- pass required certification steps,
- obtain necessary operating permits,
- deploy and operate 200 Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 trucks, as well as refuelling systems in multiple warehouses,
- jointly measure, assess and demonstrate the actual productivity;

The consortium has set up a funding scheme where the grants for technology providers are used to accelerate product development, while the grants for end-users are used to limit deployment risks by helping finance local work and maintenance for the duration of the demonstration.

All individual members of the consortium have a direct interest in further development of the technology, no commercial restriction is agreed between the partners and a specific communication effort is undertaken within the program. These characteristics combined with the market audience of the consortium as a whole should maximize the dissemination potential of any positive result of the HAWL demonstration program.

The HAWL project is a unique opportunity for the consortium members and for the European industry to start the first full size deployments of fuel cells technology in the material handling vehicle segment.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED BUSINESS
Address
Rue Cognacq-jay 6
75007 Paris
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 441 585
Administrative Contact
Laurent Ferenczi (Mr.)

Participants (10)

HYPULSION SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 1 404 164
Address
Rue De La Clemenciere 2
38360 Sassenage
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luc Vandewalle (Mr.)
CROWN GABELSTAPLER GMBH & CO KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 338 500
Address
Moosacher Strasse 52
80809 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard De Graaf (Mr.)
Toyota Material Handling Europe AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address

59581 Mjolby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Craig Walby (Mr.)
FM POLSKA SP ZOO

Participation ended

Poland
Address
Ul. Lugowa 30
96-320 Mszczonow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denis Marchal (Mr.)
AIR LIQUIDE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 932 450
Address
Quai D'orsay 75
75007 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacques Drevard (Mr.)
DIAGMA
France
EU contribution
€ 309 560
Address
Rue De Courcelles 75
75008 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valentin Pisa Burgos (Mr.)
BT PRODUCTS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
.
59581 Mjolby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Magnus Senneryd (Mr.)
CESAB CARRELLI ELEVATORI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 219 760
Address
Via Persicetana Vecchia 10
40132 Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Campi Angelo (Mr.)
FM France SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 418 636
Address
Rue De L'europe
57370 Phalsbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denis Marchal
FM LOGISTIC CORPORATE
France
EU contribution
€ 83 900
Address
Rue De L Europe Zone Industrielle
57370 Phalsbourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Denis Marchal (Mr.)