|Hydricity packs are based on Ballard fuel cells. Click to enlarge.|
Bridgestone/Firestone Tire has 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.
Hydricity Packs are complete fuel cell systems that substitute for conventional material-handling battery systems without vehicle modification. General Hydrogen signed a deal earlier this year with Ballard for the fuel cell packs. (Earlier post.)
Compared to the battery systems they replace, the Hydricity packs run three times as long with constant voltage output, and refuel in 3 minutes or less.
General Hydrogen offers two models of Hydricity packs for different types of material handling equipment: Class 1 and Class 2.
|General Hydrogen Hydricity Packs|
| ||Class 1||Class 2|
|Nominal voltage||36 or 48 VDC||36 VDC|
|Power output (continuous)||12.5 kW||9.5 kW|
|Power output (10-second burst)||48 kW||36 kW|
|Energy delivered||60 kWh||46 kWh|
|Hydrogen storage||3.8 kg||2.9 kg|
|Fill time||3 minutes||2 minutes|
General Hydrogen is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver. It is a private Delaware-registered company started six years ago by Dr. Geoffrey Ballard and Paul Howard, the original founders of Ballard Power Systems.