Royal Schiphol Group in Amsterdam and its fellow airport partners Avinor in Oslo, Hermes at Cyprus and SAGAT in Torino focus on seven topics or challenges. Together these challenges result in 17 demonstrator projects to accelerate sustainability at or around the airport.

Several demonstrations focus on reducing or eliminating vehicle emissions. In addition, we will test facilities for recharging aircraft with electricity and hydrogen, introduce and optimise large-scale supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), and improve circular use of materials. Additionally we will organise demonstrations on airside to capture ultra-fine particles from departing and landing flights. We also intend to examine the entire journey of passengers and cargo and propose solutions for an optimal mix of multi-modal solutions.

Overview of TULIPS projects and demonstrations

These are the seven main challenges TULIPS focusses on. Each challenge features one or more demonstrator projects, resulting in 17 demo’s in all. Behind the scenes we have organised our activities in 12 workpackages.

Energy supply future aircraft

Workpackage 2

Feasability study including energy demand forecast (link with WP3)


  • Unattended charging
  • Modular charging system
  • Airport facilitated hydrogen flight

Smart energy hub

Workpackage 3

Implementing improved airside electricity traffic including storage and direct PV charging.

Implementing fully integrated heat storage systems into existing hotel infrastructure

Zero emission airside operations

Workpackage 4

Development and operation of:

  • H2 GPU with a hydrogen fuel cell (H-GPU)
  • Large size H2 tow tractor (able to move A380, B777 aircraft) which uses hydrogen powered fuel cells

Work packages 8, 9 and 10

  • Performance monitoring and economic data analysis (8)
  • Deployability, upscaling and exploitation (9)
  • Roadmaps EU 2030 (10)

Work packages 11, 12

  • Project management (11)
  • Dissemination and communication (12)