Nuvera Fuel Cells will supply The Toro Company with a PowerFlow PFV-5 fuel cell system for integration into a Toro Workman utility vehicle. The Workman is used for a number of applications, including turf care and facility maintenance.
The Nuvera-powered Workman is being developed under a contract between Toro and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create turf maintenance equipment powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The vehicle will be demonstrated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS OPRHP) as part of their award winning “Green Parks Program.”
The vehicle will operate at the Niagara Falls State Park and Beaver Island State Park and Golf Course, where it will be used to haul turf materials, assist with refuse and snow removal, and perform other tasks at the Park.
Nuvera supplied Toro with an H2e fuel cell power module, the predecessor to PowerFlow, in late 2004 during Toro’s early evaluation of fuel cell technology.
The PFV-5 provides up to 5 kW of DC power, with a generation efficiency of 52% (without thermal management and power conditioning. Nuvera uses metallic bipolar plates in the stack, which can be rebuilt using original components. Remanufactured stacks cost the customer less than new stacks.