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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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Join TULIPS at the World Circular Economy Forum

Join us at this year’s World Circular Economy Forum. We’re privileged to host a Studio on Zero Waste Airports. We will give an update on the methodology we are currently testing at Schiphol, Oslo and Larnaca and will discuss practical tools for airports

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Bos Logistics’ first electric truck at Schiphol

Bos Logistics started testing their first electric truck at Schiphol, investigating how it performs compared to trucks with other fuels when it comes to environmental, social and energy impact. Our aim: decarbonising the first and last mile.

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Pier D Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where the research lab has been opened

Schiphol opens research lab for ultrafine particles on apron

At Schiphol, a research lab has been opened at two aircraft stands on Pier D. The lab is full of equipment that can measure ultrafine particles and will be used to test measures and experiment with innovative ideas. The data and lessons learned of the research lab will be available for TULIPS as well.

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Green Airports side event at Paris Air Show 2023

To give some insights into the solutions we are working on, we joined  EU Green Deal Projects OLGA and STARGATE at the Paris Air Show for a side event, discussing the challenges of e.g. SAF and hydrogen on the our way to becoming zero emisson airports.

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Bos Logistics new partner TULIPS consortium

Recently Bos Logistics joined the TULIPS consortium. The company’s ambition is to have a leading role in reducing the CO2-footprint in first and final mile distribution. Bos Logistics is participating in work package 1; increase electric freight transport.

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Your urgent questions about SAF answered

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) will play an important role in making aviation more sustainable. Some of the many questions we received about SAF during our launch event we’re answering here.

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TULIPS deep dive sessions

In the spring of 2023 we organised a number of deep dive sessions with the TULIPS workpackages. How far are the plans? What issues do we see? And of course it’s always great to speak to one another in person.

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TULIPS with sister projects at PTE 2023

TULIPS and its H2020 green airport sister projects OLGA, Stargate and ALIGHT organised a workshop at the PTE 2023. We all have our own unique projects and demonstrations aimed at how to enable greener flights.

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Can biochar help decarbonisation of airports?

The large green areas of airports could potentially be used to capture CO2 using biochar. Therefore TULIPS is investigating biochar sequestration at Torino Airport SAGAT. It may help in decarbonisation of airports.

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Looking back on TULIPS Launch event

Have a look at our TULIPS Launch event cartoon. A wrap up as colourful as the day! Did you miss out on our event? Then you can still enjoy our event highlights or recording of the livestream.

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TULIPS green airports partners meeting

TULIPS teams meet in person

The TULIPS workpackage leads and -liaisons met for a stimulating meeting to discuss plans and challenges. For the first time together at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

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Press release

The TULIPS green airports aims to speed up the rollout of sustainable technologies in aviation and to significantly contribute towards the zero emissions and zero waste airports by 2030 and climate-neutral aviation by 2050

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