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Hydrogen GPU

The development and realization of a hydrogen-electric Ground Power Unit (GPU) for aircraft within the TULIPS project.

The European Commission has awarded €25 million in funding to a consortium with 29 airports, airlines, knowledge institutes and industrial partners called TULIPS, led by Royal Schiphol Group. The funding is part of the European Green Deal, to develop innovations that facilitate the transition to low-carbon mobility and enhance sustainability at airports. One of the planned projects is the development of a HGPU (Hydrogen Ground Power Unit) by

A GPU is used to provide electric power to an aircraft when it is  stationary on the ground. In the hydrogen GPU that will be developed by, the conventional diesel engine in the GPU will be replaced with a hydrogen powertrain. Diesel-GPU’s are currently responsible for more than a third of  the total diesel consumption of ground support equipment on airfields. The proposed zero emission hydrogen powered HGPU is therefore a very promising candidate to significantly reduce emissions of airport ground operations.

Role of will develop, build, test and integrate a hydrogen fuel cell system and powertrain for the hydrogen GPU of the TULIPS project.

Project results

The TULIPS project kicked off in January 2022 and will last until December 2025. The hydrogen GPU and several other innovations aimed at increasing sustainability will be demonstrated at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Visit the TULIPS-website for more information

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036996.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of TULIPS and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union.

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