General Hydrogen in Fuel-Cell Luggage Tug Project with Air Canada
10 May 2006
|Hydricity packs are based on Ballard fuel cells. Click to enlarge.|
General Hydrogen Corporation will participate in a fuel-cell project at the Vancouver International Airport to examine the use of fuel-cell power packs in tugs that tow baggage to and from aircraft. The project will take place in cooperation with Air Canada at its Vancouver Ground Support Equipment site.
The Government of Canada is providing C$867,000 (US$784,000)in support of the project through the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance.
Airports worldwide are looking for a variety of ways to reduce emissions and improve productivity. Most baggage tuggers have diesel engines and are required to go in and out of terminals and service buildings. We believe we will demonstrate that electric tuggers powered with our power packs are more efficient.—Frank Trotter, President and CEO, General Hydrogen
General Hydrogen’s Hydricity power packs contain Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cells, and run for up to three times longer on a single fueling than their battery-powered equivalents.
The same power pack was shown to greatly extend the operating time and performance of an electric-battery forklift in an earlier project at the Air Canada facility.
In November 2005, Bridgestone/Firestone Tire ordered General Hydrogen’s hydrogen-powered Hydricity Packs as replacements for conventional lead-acid batteries in material handling vehicles in its Warren County, Tennessee plant. (Earlier post.)
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