Plug Power announces new deal with Procter & Gamble
Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has been the subject of growing popularity recently. Last month, the company was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for an ambitious hydrogen fuel-based project. Now, the company is receiving more attention from the retail industry, which is has served extensively over the past several years. Plug Power has announced that Procter & Gamble, one of the world’s largest retail companies, has submitted a new order for the company’s GenDrive hydrogen fuel cell systems.
Retail manufacturer continues to show interest in hydrogen fuel cells
Plug Power has provided Procter & Gamble with fuel cells before. Earlier this year, Procter & Gamble purchased GenDrive fuel cells from Plug Power for some of its forklift fleets in California, Louisiana, and North Carolina. Hydrogen-powered forklifts are becoming very popular with retailers as they present a more efficient means for materials handling. Now, the retailer is keen to increase its use of hydrogen fuel cells and has again turned to Plug Power to meet this need.
Fuel cells to power forklift trucks
The GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells from Plug Power will be used by a forklift fleet that operates a manufacturing facility in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. With this order, Plug Power has supplied more than 340 hydrogen fuel cells to the Procter & Gamble manufacturing infrastructure throughout the country. The fuel cells are expected to significantly cut costs as manufacturing facilities and help the retail manufacturer reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The fuel cells are also more easily maintained than traditional lead-acid batteries, an aspect that may increase work efficiency.
Hydrogen fuel cells finally finding more acceptance
Hydrogen fuel cells continue to grow in popular in numerous industries. Businesses are beginning to see the potential benefits of making use of hydrogen fuel cells and have been looking to adopt them as an alternative to traditional energy systems. Fuel cells are seeing particular success in the materials handling space, where they are providing clean and efficient energy to a wide variety of vehicles that are used throughout many industries.