Friday, August 19, 2005

 

Fuel cell powered fork-lifts move ahead

Posted by ben @ 9:09 PM | Permanent Link

Wal-Mart recently finished their field trials with Vancouver based Cellex Power's fuel cell powered fork lifts (the alpha version of the fork lifts). Wal-Mart has decided to support Cellex's Beta field trials and commercialization process. The Alpha units tested by Wal-Mart ran without safety incident and refueled with compressed hydrogen in one minute. From the Cellex press release:

Lead acid batteries used today typically last 4 to 8 hours and large distribution centers often change batteries over 300 times per day resulting in lost productivity and increased operational cost. Cellex’s fuel cell power units eliminate battery changing, run longer than batteries, maintain consistent power delivery to the lift truck and refuel in one minute.

There is also a strong economic case for using a PEM fuel cell in a fork lift because they replace about 3 lead-acid batteries each. Ballard Power systems will be providing 27, 4.8kW PEM fuel cells to Cellex, which Cellex will use in their Beta fork lift version trials with Wal-Mart. Cross posted to theWatt.com.



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