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Large fuel cell order destined for forklifts

14 December 2015

Hydrogenics has received a fuel cell order from a hydrogen-powered forklift developer. The trucks will be used by a North American big box retailer.

The developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell power modules said the contract was worth almost $2 million. The customer will, in turn, supply its forklifts to a large logistics centre for a North American big box retailer. The fuel cells are expected to be shipped in the first quarter of next year, and follow-on orders are anticipated to support the scale up of forklifts at the retailer prior to the end of 2016.

“We are very pleased to announce these recent orders for our fuel cell technology,” said Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics CEO. “The market for hydrogen-powered forklift equipment in North America is attracting new equipment integration firms and forklift OEMs to provide robust, reliable and commercially viable material handling equipment that can operate under a wide range of environments. Hydrogenics’ standard heavy duty fuel cell power modules can be put to work across a variety of applications, and our simple package makes it easy for vehicle integrators to incorporate into their products.”

The company’s fuel cells offer attributes including unlimited start and stops, as well as the ability to start up in -10 degrees Celsius, with no added air compressors and humidification equipment required.