|The PowerTap hydrogen generation system. Click to enlarge. Source: Nuvera.|
Nuvera Fuel Cells will supply a PowerTap PTH-12 hydrogen refueling system to The Raymond Corporation to support working fuel cell powered forklifts at their manufacturing facility in Greene, NY. (Earlier post.) The PowerTap PTH-12 will refuel a variety of fuel cell powered forklift trucks in an indoor setting.
The PowerTap PTH-12 is a cascade storage, compression and dispensing system, able to provide useable hydrogen either from a third party gas distributor or from the Nuvera PowerTap hydrogen generation system that uses steam reforming of natural gas.
Nuvera has partnered with QuestAir for the hydrogen purification system (Pressure Swing Absorption—PSA) element of the PowerTap generation system.
The compressor is a hydraulic intensifier that feeds the three-bank cascade storage/dispensing system at a peak operating pressure of 455 Bar (6,500 psig). The cascade, storage and dispense system provides a consistent fill pressure, up to 350 Bar (5,000 psi), with the average fill time for an industrial forklift taking under five minutes.
Beginning in 2007, Raymond’s Greene, NY, manufacturing facility will become a “living lab,” for hydrogen fuel cell modules powering Raymond forklifts in the facility. The goal of the program is to study the performance of hydrogen fuels in electric forklifts and to demonstrate the safety of a hydrogen-fueled forklift environment.
Expected outcomes include a working indoor hydrogen refueling station (provided by Nuvera) and documented best practices for the design and application of indoor hydrogen refueling systems.
Nuvera Fuel Cells is a developer of multi-fuel processing and fuel cell technologies. In October 2006, Nuvera Fuel Cells received a $4.875-million grant from the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) through the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC) for a hydrogen fuel-cell bus and refueling demonstration project at Logan International Airport. This project will be the first fuel-cell bus demonstration in Massachusetts and is part of the National Fuel-Cell Bus Program. (Earlier post.)
Nuvera, owned by Amerada Hess, Gruppo de Nora and Renault, entered a multi-year agreement at the end of 2005 with Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Centro Ricerche Fiat to research and develop a high-efficiency hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion system for fuel-cell vehicles.