TULIPS innovations: Iron Flow Battery and H2-GPU

On June 25, we hosted a diverse group of sister airports and partners at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The occasion was a demonstration and explanation of two groundbreaking innovations that TULIPS has been developing since the programme’s inception: the Iron Flow Battery and the Hydrogen ground power unit (H2-GPU). The Iron Flow Battery is already operational, while the H2-GPU is scheduled for upcoming tests.

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Super battery being tested at Schiphol; a world first at the airport

In a world exclusive, Schiphol is taking a major step toward energy storage and the further electrification of ground equipment with the arrival of an Iron Flow Battery at the airport. The large battery, recently installed on the A/B apron, offers a reliable power supply for the charging of electrical equipment and thus relieves pressure on the grid. The test with the innovative battery is part of the TULIPS programme. 

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Why TULIPS will test a hydrogen Ground Power Unit

Starting in June TULIPS will be testing a hydrogen Ground Power Unit in airside operations. Switching to an H2-GPU could drastically cut emissions. But there are more reasons why an H2-GPU is an interesting development for airports. Let’s dive into this innovation.

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No time to waste in becoming circular airports

We need to get rid of the linear waste systems at airports, which cause more emissions. But how? To this end, TULIPS partners presented an innovative Baseline Circular Airports Method (BCAM) at the WCEF in April 2024. This method is empowering airports to minimise waste and foster environmental stewardship. Join us!

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Iron Flow Battery almost ready for testing

After a long run-up we are almost ready to start testing our innovative Iron Flow Battery. We plan to test it by charging our e-GPU’s at the AB platform. Schiphol’s Innovation manager Oscar Maan gives an update.

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TULIPS partners op bikes in front of Schiphol with tulips

TULIPS deep dive sessions

Traditionally when the tulips bloom in April, the TULIPS partners come to Schiphol. During deep dive sessions we shared updates on the use of (micro) smart grids, the hydrogen GPU, tagging construction materials to reuse them, SAF infrastructure and much more. It’s great to see how the plans for the demonstrations are now really being implemented.

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