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Seeking partners for H2020 Green Airports call to develop unique hydrogen-powered airside vehicles for multiple uses




A UK company is completing a consortium to apply for the call H2020 LC-GD-5-1-2020 Green Airports & Ports, to develop unique airside vehicles (eg tugs and others), powered by hydrogen fuel cells. They are seeking multiple partners to design, prototype, develop vehicles, experts in hydrogen fuel cells, energy, specialist autonomous software systems, human factors and air quality mitigation, via research cooperation agreement.


The EU's 'European Green Deal' is aimed at reducing transport pollution - highlighting in particular an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in aviation through sound mitigation strategies.

Aviation traffic volumes are anticipated to grow significantly by 2050 - the sector prior to Covid -19 was already generating 14% of GHG emissions from transport.

A UK company is completing a consortium to apply for the Horizon 2020 European Green, Area 5 - Sustainable and Smart Mobility. Call: LC-GD-5-1-2020 Green Airports & Ports as multimodal hubs for sustainable and smart mobility.

Their aim is to focus on the virtual elimination of airport GHG through the development and implementation of specific and unique ground vehicles powered by hydrogen/electric motors, with full autonomous operating capability in a variety of roles. For example, aircraft tug vehicles where hydrogen based power delivers H2O emissions only, but importantly, the tug will deliver aircraft with engines off, from terminal direct to runway threshold before starting engines - and collecting an aircraft after landing, then with engines off, the aircraft is taken to the Terminal ramp.

They are hoping to develop a unique, airside vehicle from design through prototyping e.g. aircraft tug vehicles, tankers, cargo, and catering etc. This may be a single model that is adaptable for differing tasks.

They are seeking partners with a range of expertise, including in pollution mitigation including airports both ground activities and flight activities - with knowledge of current and future alternative energy sources other than polluting / carbon based fuels.

In addition they are seeking partners with expertise in specialist vehicle design, development and prototyping - who are able to actively collaborate with other organisations within hydrogen fuel cell energy and autonomous vehicle development. (Vehicles involved include airfield and related activities).

They are also seeking a partner with Human Factors expertise - particularly relating to specialist autonomous vehicle and monitoring standards, as well as a project manager with extensive EU Call response experience.

Finally they are seeking partners with expertise in hybrid hydrogen/electric power for specialist vehicles and software developments for installation in specialist semi-autonomous / fully autonomous vehicles for a mix of vehicle types operating within airport (and possibly other ) environments.

They are seeking these partners via research cooperation agreement.

Deadline for the call: 24 January 2021
Deadline for EOIs in this call: 30 November 2020

Partner expertise sought:

- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partners: Industry
Activity of partners: a) Liquid Hydrogen production & storage organisations (based on/near airports/ports)
Alternative energy generation providers (hydrogen, electric, wind and/or photovoltaic)
b) Digital, autonomous control systems.
autonomous vehicles
c) An expert research organisation working with air quality and pollution mitigation standards.

Specific role of partners sought: To help develop strategies for the whole mitigation of carbon based fuels emissions airside and land side via the radical digital developments for aircraft and autonomous vehicles services - and for cross-cutting land side developments

Previous experience and practical involvement in Proposal writing and development - in particular delivering expert ‘Work Programs” for specific areas of the Proposal Document. Participants should be immediately available for involvement 1st December 2020.

Advantages & innovations:

There are numerous other activities lead by vehicles that also deliver NOx - and by the previous example can be operated through hydrogen/autonomous functionality

Hydrogen and autonomy are not mutually exclusive in this context - all types of ground vehicles will benefit an airport and local environment, taking care also of road traffic to and from an airport/city.

Development Stage:

Concept stage

Programme - Call:

Evaluation scheme: Single stage

Acronym: Hybrid Hydrogen / Electric. Autonomous Vehicles & Systems


Deadline: 24/01/2021

Coordinator required: No

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Manufacture of motor vehicles / Other passenger land transport n.e.c. / Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
ENERGY / Alternative Energy / Other alternative energy / ENERGY / Energy for Transport


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