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Major Vehicle Manufacturers See Potential in Hydrogen Vehicles

posted Nov 11, 2014, 11:22 AM by Nick Bournakel   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 11:25 AM ]

In May of 2014, Toyota announced that it had decided to allow its deal with battery-electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla to expire and to instead turn its attention to hydrogen powered vehicles. Toyota plans to launch production of its first commercially available hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle before the end of 2014. The price of the vehicle is expected to be $78,000 initially, but will fall to $30-50K by 2020.

As part of its announcement, Toyota also emphasized a commitment to also focus on building hydrogen refueling stations. To implement this,Toyota is working with FirstElement Fuel to build hydrogen stations in California. Initial plans call for a basic network of stations to be in place by fall 2015, with 50 in operation by the end of 2016.

Hyundai is promoting its hydrogen-fueled Tucson SUV with a $499-a-month lease in California that includes unlimited hydrogen refueling for three years. The range of the Tucson is 265 miles and it can be refueled in a few minutes.

This news solidifies the notion that Toyota and Hyundai are at present time committed to hydrogen transportation as opposed to battery electric vehicles. As two of the largest selling car entities, this has the potential to mark a paradigm shift in renewable energy transportation, and if successful, will likely spur other automakers to follow suit.

For more detail regarding these announcements, please visit the following links to the online articles:




Plug Power's Fuel Cells for Fork Lift Trucks

posted Mar 13, 2014, 1:16 PM by Kay Mann   [ updated Mar 13, 2014, 1:17 PM ]

Plug Power of Latham, NY has garnered recent media attention for its fuel cell technology for forklift applications, accompanied by a 1400% stock price increase.

Its GenDrive fuel cells are designed to fit seamlessly into the existing battery compartment of all major OEM material handling equipment. As a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries, GenDrive allows electric lift trucks to run at maximum performance – resulting in increased productivity and reduced operational costs.

GenKey is Plug Power’s turnkey solution making the transition to fuel-cell power seamless. Plug Power has combined all necessary hydrogen-based fuel cell elements, to provide a “one-stop-shopping” option for its customers.

Watch the report on CNBC. Check out the Plug power website.

Who is Making Fuel Cells for Forklifts and Materials Handling Equipment?

posted Mar 5, 2014, 11:06 AM by Kay Mann

The companies below are the makers of fuel cells that are installed in forklifts. The forklifts themselves are manufactured by Raymond, Crown, Hyster, etc. Some fleets include older battery electric forklifts retrofitted for fuel cell electric power.

1. Plug Power 85% Market Share (as of July 9, 2013)
According to Fuel Cells 2000,  there were over 4,000 fuel cell forklifts in use in the U.S. as of July 2013.  While Latham, NY-based Plug Power currently has an 85 percent market share, other companies are getting in on the action as European logistics firms look to put fuel cell lift trucks in their warehouses.  Plug is setting its sights high with a goal of shipping 3,000 units in 2014. The company currently has a sales backlog of 1,133 orders. Recent customers include BMW in Spartanburg, SC, Ace Hardware in Wilmer TX, Proctor & Gamble in Mehoopany, PA , Kimberly-Clark in Graniteville, SC.

2. Oorja Protonics, with the help of funding from the Department of Energy, has been testing materials handling equipment powered by its direct methanol fuel cells. Oorja recently became an Approved Service Provider for UniPro, the largest cooperative for food and produce distributors in the U.S.

3. Nuvera unveiled a new Orion fuel cell stack designed to be easily integrated into forklifts and other industrial vehicles.  Forklifts using fuel cells from other manufacturers are using Nuvera’s PowerTap on-site hydrogen generation and refueler, which can produce up to 50 kg of hydrogen per day. PowerTap is a steam methane reformer and Nuvera claims about 45% of the hydrogen will come from water, producing 70 tons less carbon dioxide and avoid 330,115 kWh of electrical consumption annually.
4. Infinitium Fuel Cell Systems Inc. (IFCS) of Texas signed an agreement with ITM Power, based in the U.K., for ITM to become the exclusive European distributor of its fuel cell systems for materials handling equipment.

5. HyPulsion, a joint venture between Plug Power and Axane, has fuel cell forklifts are at an IKEA plant near Lyon, France being refueled by an Air Liquide refueling station.

*This information was posted by Kay Mann for Rick Smith, President of the Hydrogen Energy Center.

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