Demonstrating the blueprint for a zero-emission logistics ecosystem

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The challenge of this topic is to demonstrate that the environmental and operational benefits do materialize in a real industrial or logistic ecosystem, thus paving the way to its replication. The project should therefore not only focus on removing existing hurdles on the cost side of the vehicles and infrastructure (Total Cost of Ownership perspective) but also on regulatory, financial and operational (e.g. availability) aspects. The following specific challenges have to be met: (1) A further reduction of the capital cost of the fuel cell logistic vehicles in line with increased volume (total and per site); (2) reduction of the operational costs, including fuel, infrastructure, down times, production shift optimization or maintenance cost; (3) identification and quantification of the remaining barriers to market, with a special focus to the user side: permitting procedures, safety aspects (ATEX22), training of operators and creation of a higher acceptance of this technology; (4) enlarging the variety of FC based MHV for special purposes which are able to operate in challenging conditions like outdoor (both in cold and very hot conditions), refrigerated warehouses, paper/cement industry (heavy loads and dusty environment) while highlighting the use cases in which FC vehicles are advantageous compared to existing battery solutions; (5) creation of a basis for future larger procurements like common specifications and standards for both vehicles and infrastructures, establishment of cross-border procurement groups etc.; (6) creating synergies with already existing green hydrogen production facilities or development and demonstration of an onsite-production of green hydrogen, which is commercially feasible also for SMEs. Operators could also benefit from the existing supply chain of green hydrogen.

2) Eligibility

Legal entities established in all the countries are eligible.

3) Location

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

The maximum FCH 2 JU contribution that may be requested is €10,000,000. Expected duration is 4 – 5 years.

5) Application

Applications can be submitted online by 23 April 2019.