Increased productivity powered by renewable energy sources is the primary motivation for the adoption of fuel cell and hydrogen technology in the material handling (MH) and industrial vehicles, e.g. municipal service trucks, markets. Regulations for indoor operations of vehicles and emission regulations for environmental zones in cities generate an increasing demand for zero emission drives for industrial mobile applications.
Promotion of both European based technology and commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel cells for industrial mobile applications are urgently required. Demonstrations MH vehicles fleets applying the latest fuel cell technologies should on one hand prove performance and reliability inducing customer acceptance and on the other hand enable cost reductions in fuel cell system and hydrogen infrastructure.
This demonstration project further aims, on one hand, to deploy, promote and benchmark the EU MH and industrial vehicle FC technology and value chain and on the other hand to evaluate the European market.
The topic is not intended to cover basic R&D on new FC systems. Demonstration shall comprise 400 or more fuel cell MH and industrial vehicle units across multiple vehicle-user sites and applications aimed at proving a commercial customer value proposition. Demonstration should include necessary and relevant support of small-scale and low-cost hydrogen supply infrastructure designed for 35 MPa and the hydrogen generated should be from renewable energy.
Proposals should include installations with typical fleet sizes of 10 to 30 MHVs per site which represents the majority of installations in the EU and in at least 6 sites. However large fleets with 100+ MHVs in one site can also be considered.
This demonstration project therefore aims, on one hand, to deploy, promote and benchmark the EU MH and industrial vehicle FC technology and value chain and on the other hand to evaluate the European market (in at least 6 different sites).
The project must cover the deployment and evaluation of an European FC system technology by vehicle-users in real operating environments of a series of at least 400 MHVs and industrial vehicles and the related infrastructure. The FC vehicles are to be implemented in different sites of logistic hubs, municipal service hubs, airports, etc. Projects are expected to cover top-level requirements and criteria for industrial-scale adoption and market entry such as:
The minimum operational period for any vehicle demonstrated in the project has to be at least 24 months. Project proposal evaluation benefits if synergies by using 35 / 70 MPa HRS implemented within the project also for other types of fuel cell vehicles like trucks, vans, cars, etc.
The focus of this topic is the demonstration of fuel cell system technology, including stack and BOP components, developed and manufactured in the EU.
The fuel cell system manufacturer / supplier should be in the position to offer the fuel cell systems to vehicle-users at a price that enables the user to reduce risks of operation. The funding per FC system may not exceed the maximum funding as defined in the following table:
System continuous power out put
Maximum funding in €
3 - 8 kW
8 -15 kW
Similarly, the installation costs of hydrogen infrastructure enabling the on-site production and supply of “green hydrogen” at a fuel demand <30 kgH2/d @ 35 MPa are eligible for funding. The funding per site may, however, not exceed 250,000 €.
The consortium should be representative for an European FC technology value chain including FC system integrators, FC system components suppliers (stacks, power electronics …), H2 infrastructure suppliers, MH and industrial vehicle OEMs and different vehicle-users.
End-users should be partner in the consortium or committing themselves to demonstrate a minimum of 200 MH and industrial vehicles at the start of the project. The commitment shall be secured by way of pre-orders or similar before signature of the Grant Agreement.
Techno-economic and environmental assessment of the project should be performed.
FC systems at commencement must be at least TRL 7 and targets TRL 8 or higher at the end of the project.
Any safety-related event that may occur during execution of the project shall be reported to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), which manages the European hydrogen safety reference database, HIAD (dedicated mailbox JRC-PTT-H2SAFETY@ec.europa.eu).
The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is EUR 7.5 million per project. This is an eligibility criterion – proposals requesting FCH 2 JU contributions above this amount will not be evaluated.
A maximum of 1 project may be funded under this topic
Expected duration: 4 - 5 years