Hydrogen fueling stations in the US using Linde North America fueling technology have reached over half million fills, powering a variety of vehicles, including forklifts, cars and buses.
One of the major contributors to the half million fill milestone is BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where earlier this year the company more than doubled its fleet of material handling equipment which are fueled by hydrogen fueling systems provided by Linde.
The four million square foot BMW production facility now powers its entire hydrogen-fuel cell fleet of more than 230 units to service the plant’s production and logistics functions, making it one of the largest fuel cell forklift sites in the world.
The annual energy avoidance of 4.1 million kWh and dramatic reductions in fueling time have positioned our hydrogen fuel cell material handling program to be an industry benchmark.—Duncan Seaman, BMW Group’s Head of Market Operations, Americas
The lead acid batteries that formerly powered BMW’s lifts and trucks were replaced with hydrogen fuel cells from Latham, NY-based Plug Power Inc., Linde’s partner in the BMW installation and the leading provider of hydrogen based fuel cells in the material handling market.