Nestlé Waters North America has installed 32 Plug Power GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells, purchased in 2008, in its materials-handling fleet at their Dallas, Texas bottling facility. As a result, Nestle Waters has converted its entire fleet of sit-down counterbalanced lift trucks from internal combustion (IC) engines powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to Yale class I electric lift trucks powered by GenDrive power units.
Nestlé Waters evaluated both hydrogen fuel cells and lead-acid batteries as potential replacements for the LPG-fueled systems.
Nestlé Waters also signed a long-term agreement with Air Products to supply hydrogen and hydrogen fueling station technology for the Dallas facility. The fueling station is to be installed and operational during the second quarter of 2009.
The fueling infrastructure consists of an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage and compression system, as well as multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. The GenDrive power units can be quickly refueled by the lift truck operator in less than 5 minutes.