100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

The overall purpose and ambition of HyLIFT-DEMO is to conduct a large scale demonstration of hydrogen powered fuel cell forklifts, which enables a following deployment and market introduction starting no later than 2013. The project will conduct a 2 year demonstration of at least 30 units of 2.5-3.5 tons forklifts with a fully integrated 3rd generation fuel cell system and hydrogen refueling infrastructure at end-user sites.

The HyLIFT-DEMO project objectives are:

Demonstration of at least 30 forklifts

Demonstration of hydrogen refueling infrastructure at end-user sites

Conduct accelerated laboratory durability tests

Validate value proposition & reaching of commercial and environmental targets

Plan and secure initiation of R&D of 4th generation commercial products

Ensure commercial market deployment no later than 2013

Secure RCS for enabling commercialization

European dissemination securing national & regional motivation


The EHA in collaboration with the Italian Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations, FAST, will be working towards writing a guidance document for conducting project activities on fuel cell forklifts, targeted towards regional and local actors, as a help for them in setting up own projects. EHA will also be collaborating in the organization of dissemination activities, and workshops.