In this project ‘Hydrolog’, VIL will research the opportunities of the use of hydrogen for internal means of transport. The development of a business model in which several companies will be supplied by a mutual mobile hydrogen filling station, VIL aims to facilitate the transition to cost-efficient use of hydrogen.

status: Running | theme: Green Supply Chains | type: Regional

In the search for a sustainable energy source for transport, hydrogen is increasingly seen as an alternative for fossil fuels. The use of hydrogen mostly focusses on transport of public roads, rather than internal transport means, like fork lifts, straddle carriers, cranes, etc. The high costs and the limited amount of internal means of transport are two reasons many companies would not want to invest in hydrogen.

The project ‘Hydrolog’ takes a closer look at the possibilities of hydrogen for internal means of transport and the use of a mutual mobile hydrogen filling station, which would supply several companies. The mutual cost or a service model offers economies of scale and could reduce the costs for the participating companies.


Hydrolog aims to make internal means of transport more sustainable by:

  • making hydrogen accessible as a clean fuel for internal means of transport
  • achieving reduced costs by economies of scale
  • increasing energy independence by combined local production and use

Specific activities

  • Researching the technical, legal als operational requirements for using a mobile filling station
  • Researching the existing technologies in the area of production, storage and transportation of hydrogen
  • Mapping out which internal means of transport qualify for using hydrogen
  • Finding best practices of companies who have worked with hydrogen
  • Calculating which business model is most suitable for the use of a mobile filling station: a cooperation or a service model
  • Working out a proof of concept in which the use of a mobile hydrogen filling station will be tested by serveral companies

In this project VIL cooperates with WaterstofNet.

Practical details

Start: January 2020
Total lead time: 18 months
End of the project: August 2021

Participating companies
18 companies: Aertssen, Air Liquide, Antwerp Euroterminal (AET), Brussels Airport, Delhaize, DEME, Ecosource, Engie Electrabel, Fluxys, Inovyn, Kalmar, Motrac, MPET, POM Limburg, PSA Antwerp, Rentaloc en STILL and Toyota Material Handling.


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