Plug Power unveiled next generation hydrogen fuel cell

Plug Power unveiled next generation hydrogen fuel cell

November 18, 2011 0 By Jake Banks

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Plug Power, a leading manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced the next generation of their famed GenDrive fuel cell product.

The new fuel cells are designed to replace the batteries that power lift and tow trucks. Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cells have been growing in popularity with several businesses looking to save on electricity and reduce their impact on the environment. The company hopes to capitalize on the success of older models and further the commercialization of their product.

The new fuel cells are designed with simplicity in mind. They are built with fewer components, which increase their durability significantly as they are less prone to mechanical failures. Enhancements have been made to the fuel cells to increase their energy output when vehicles lift or tow heavy loads.

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Plug Power will also provide companies with educational material that will help them manage their fuel cells and make repairs should the need arise.

To date, GenDrive fuel cells have clocked more than 5 million hours of runtime throughout the U.S., making them one of the most used fuel cell products on the market. Plug Power says that the performance of the fuel cells, and their growing popularity, shows the viability of hydrogen as an alternative to oil. The company hopes that its successes in the hydrogen energy field will encourage others to adopt alternative energy.