The main aim of this project is to demonstrate the market readiness of fuel cell applied materials handling vehicles and associated hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. It will demonstrate 10 FC Fork Lift Trucks and associated hydrogen refueling infrastructure across 3 sites in Turkey, UK, and Spain.

The science and technology objectives of this project are to compare incumbent  technologies (diesel, LPG and batteris) used in materials handling equipment (up to 50kW) to the performance of current State-o-Art (SoA) Fuel Cell and hydrogen equivalents.  These objectives will be achieved across targeted demonstrations in Europe.  The demonstration will be used to gather real experience and performance data to support future commercialization.  In addition it is proposed to  determine an optimum vehicle configeration (both OEMs supplied and retrofit vehicles) for use in future demonstrations as part of continuation plan to identify ten future sites with in Europe.

The EHA in collaboration with the Italian Federation of Scientific and Technical Associations, FAST, will be supporting  the tasks of dissemination of results of the project to a wide number of key potential stakeholders, and to develop a Continuation Plan for wider commercialisation to include a further 10 site deployments, the first potentially being in Greece.