Fuel Cell Vehicles Running on Hydrogen from Waste Gas at Fort Lewis

01 Mar 2012

Fort Lewis bus 2

Nineteen fuel cell forklifts and a fuel cell shuttle bus are running on hydrogen produced on-site at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state, using waste gas from JBLM’s water treatment plant which was previously being flared.

The fuel cell vehicles have been provided as part of a demonstration programme funded by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and managed by Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), a non-profit organisation that develops sustainable technologies and solutions.

The fuel cell forklifts and bus have actually been in operation at JBLM since November 2011, but for the first time they are now running on this sustainable hydrogen produced on the site.

DLA and CTE are collaborating with JBLM on this turnkey clean energy project to acquire data on the viability of hydrogen as a fuel for forklifts and other material handling equipment.

The project team includes:

-Plug Power, which provided the 19 GenDrive® fuel cell powered forklift trucks (below);

-Proterra, which built the hydrogen-powered hybrid fuel cell bus (above and below, at the site's hydrogen station);

-Air Products and Chemicals, which supplied the hydrogen transportation, compression, storage, and dispensing infrastructure (bottom);

-the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), which created the waste gas clean-up system and hydrogen generation infrastructure.

JBLM plans to host a ceremonial Ribbon Cutting this spring to celebrate the programme’s success to this point.

Fort Lewis forklift

Fort Lewis fuel cell bus

Fort Lewis hydrogen station

Source: rewritten from the CTE press release.

Images courtesy of CTE

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