Hydrogen fuel cell fleet goes into service for FedExJune 17, 2015
New fuel cell vehicles are being put to use at Memphis International Airport
A fleet of fuel cell vehicles have been put into service at the Memphis International Airport, a major delivery hub for Federal Express. FedEx will be operating these fuel cell vehicles for a two-year demonstration project. The vehicles will fill a support role, delivering cargo and providing other services at the discretion of FedEx. The project that these vehicles are associated with is being funded by the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office, as well as some private investors.
Fuel cells may play a major role in the transportation world
The Fuel Cell Technologies Office has provided $2.5 million in funding for the project, with private investors providing another $2.5 million. The Department of Energy has shown a great deal of interest in fuel cell technology in recent years. The agency believes that hydrogen fuel may play a major role in the evolution of transportation and that, one day, fuel cells may become a primary energy provider for the United States.
Plug Power provides hydrogen fuel cells for FedEx’s fleet
Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has provided the energy systems that are being used by the support vehicles. The hydrogen that is used to power these vehicles is also being supplied by Plug Power’s delivery systems. This will ensure that these vehicles have the hydrogen supply they need to operate effectively. These vehicles also produce no harmful emissions while they are in use. According to the Department of Energy, the vehicles will save more than 175,000 gallons of diesel fuel and displace approximately 1,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Project will help shed more light on the capabilities of fuel cells
The project will provide the Department of Energy with more information concerning the capabilities of fuel cell technology. These energy systems have already established a strong presence in the auto industry, but companies are still learning how to overcome the challenges that these energy systems face. Projects such as the one FedEx is participating in will help uncover ways to overcome these challenges in the future.