General Hydrogen Corporation has placed a 200,000 unit, three-year, purchase order for Maxwell ultracapacitors to enhance performance and energy management in its Hydricity Pack fuel-cell technology for industrial vehicles, especially forklifts. (Earlier post.)
Each Hydricity system incorporates 30 to 120 Maxwell BOOSTCAP MC2600 2,600-farad ultracapacitor cells. General Hydrogen anticipates that its volume requirements will escalate rapidly over the next three years.
The 2.7-volt MC2600, introduced in June 2005, offers increased voltage from Maxwell’s older ultracapacitors and doubles the duty cycles from 500,000 to one million.
The purchase order is part of a strategic supply agreement through which General Hydrogen will source ultracapacitors exclusively from Maxwell and receive strategic pricing if volume thresholds specified in the purchase order are reached.
The Hydricity Packs are designed as drop-in replacements for lead-acid batteries in Class I electric forklifts.
Maxwell’s ultracapacitors are a critical element that helps us triple the runtime of forklifts, eliminating the average three lead-acid battery sets per vehicle and the extensive infrastructure normally associated with the recharging and care of high-use conventional battery-electric forklifts.
Ultracapacitors’ burst power capabilities, energy recapture efficiency and long operating life make them an ideal complement to hydrogen fuel cells.—Frank Trotter, President and CEO General Hydrogen