Plug Power Develops High Capacity Materials Handling Fuel Cell

24 Jun 2013

Plug Power

Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG) has announced the addition of a new GenDrive Series 1000 product, the GenDrive 1900. The new product is the Company’s highest-power fuel cell to date and has been developed as a drop-in replacement for lead-acid batteries on six-ton capacity, four-wheel, class-one counterbalanced forklift trucks.

Six-ton forklift trucks are among the most popular large-capacity forklift trucks in use, and Plug Power can now provide a complete solution that spans all class-one forklift trucks. Material handling customers can now standardise their fleets using hydrogen fuel cells in place of lead-acid batteries.

The new fuel cell is the company's first to feature an optional second hydrogen tank to double hydrogen capacity. With both tanks installed, the fuel cell can store up to 3.4 kg of hydrogen with an energy capacity of 50 kilowatt-hours (kWh), but the unit retains a short refuelling time of two minutes. Capable of a constant power output of 14 kW, the fuel cell delivers more than eight hours of runtime, which is 50% more than a conventional battery in this application.

"This is a very important extension of the GenDrive Series 1000 product line because it means that our customers can fully commit to a hydrogen-powered forklift fleet that enhances environmental impact, eliminates the need for battery storage and provides a better return on their investment in hydrogen fuelling and storage," said Andy Marsh, Plug Power president and CEO. "This is important for Plug Power too, as it expands our addressable market and cements our reputation as the leading PEM fuel cell integrator in the material handling industry."

The GenDrive 1900 runs at the same operating pressure as other Series 1000 products, which helps to simplify hydrogen infrastructure. It also features a system controller that enables the operator to monitor and communicate fuel cell stack and system performance to optimize output, provide information for planned maintenance and reduce total cost of ownership.

The new GenDrive 1900 will start customer trials in the third quarter of 2013. When released, it will be available through Plug Power's worldwide sales force.

     

Source: Plug Power


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