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Air Products has hands-on operating experience at over 120 hydrogen fueling station projects worldwide. A summary of a few of those installations is highlighted below:

 

Sysco, Houston, Texas

 

sysco dispensers
outdoor liquid storage tank, Sysco, Houston, Texas

Sysco Corporation contracted with Air Products to supply hydrogen and hydrogen fueling technology for Sysco's new, 585,000 sq. ft distribution center in Houston, Texas. The fueling station is used to fuel a combined fleet of over 100 hydrogen fueled pallet and reach trucks used in daily operations. Air Products' fueling infrastructure at Sysco includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank and a dual Series-150 compression system, along with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. Air Products is fueling a fleet of new lift trucks fitted with Plug Power's GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power units.


 


Sysco, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

 

hydrogen energy material handling experience, Sysco, Philadelphia, Pa.

Sysco Corporation contracted with Air Products to supply hydrogen and hydrogen fueling technology at Sysco's expanded distribution center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fueling station will be used to fuel a combined fleet of 95 hydrogen fueled pallet and reach trucks used in daily operations. Air Products' fueling infrastructure at Sysco includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank and a dual Series-150 compression system, along with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. Air Products is fueling a fleet of new lift trucks fitted with Plug Power's GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power units.


 


United Natural Foods, Inc., Sarasota, Florida

 

 

United Natural Foods, Sarasota, Florida
United Natural Foods, Sarasota, Florida

Air Products hydrogen fueling technology for the material handling market has been installed at the Sarasota, Florida distribution center of United Natural Foods, Inc. Air Products’ technology fuels 65 fuel cell-powered lift trucks that are moving consumer goods on a daily basis. The equipment for the 352,000 square-foot Sarasota facility, which serves as a regional distribution hub for customers in Southeastern United States, was operational in June 2010.

Air Products' fueling infrastructure at UNFI includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank and a dual, Series-150 compression system, along with two indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. This project was challenging in that it had an aggressive timeline for installation. Air Products’ team of engineers and technicians met or exceeded all expectations for design, installation and commissioning of the fueling station.


FedEx Freight, Springfield, Missouri

 

 

FedEx Freight, Springfield, Missouri
FedEx Freight, Springfield, Missouri

Air Products hydrogen fueling technology for the material handling market has been installed at the Springfield, MO service center of FedEx Freight. Air Products’ technology fuels 35 Class I, fuel cell-powered lift trucks on a daily basis. The equipment for the facility was operational in June 2010.

Air Products' fueling infrastructure at FedEx includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank and a dual, Series-150 compression system, along with two indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. The site averages approximately 1000 fuelings/month. An outdoor hydrogen dispenser was also installed to support the testing of a fuel cell powered, Class 8 truck.


 


Central Grocers, Joliet, Illinois

 

 

central grocers
central grocers

Air Products installed hydrogen fueling infrastructure to fill a fleet of over 200 fuel cell powered lift trucks that operate at Central Grocers’ new distribution center in Joliet, Illinois. Central Grocers’ new distribution center became operational at the end of the first quarter of 2009. This facility represents the single largest deployment of fuel cell vehicles in the world, as well as the first greenfield facility to adopt hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts.

Air Products’ indoor hydrogen fueling dispensers and related infrastructure fuels the fleet of new lift trucks supplied by Yale Equipment Services, located in Rosemont, Illinois and fitted with Plug Power’s GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power packs. Air Products’ fueling infrastructure includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank and dual CHC liquid compressors, along with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. The GenDrive power units can be quickly refueled by the lift truck operator in less than two minutes.

This facility is currently averaging 6700 fuelings/month at five dispensers. Installations such as this have provided Air Products excellent operating experience for large volume fueling systems.


GENCO, Aiken, South Carolina

 

 

GENCO, Aiken, South Carolina
GENCO, Aiken, South Carolina
GENCO, Aiken, South Carolina
GENCO, Aiken, South Carolina

Air Products supplied hydrogen and an indoor dispenser to support demonstration of two Class I hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts to be used in daily operations. GENCO and its customer, Kimberly Clark, experienced very positive results with the forklifts and fueling infrastructure on their site. This site was the first deployment of an Air Products high pressure (6600 psi) tube trailer to support indoor fueling demonstrations. The technology eliminated the need for outdoor compression and storage, thereby significantly reducing the cost, timing and complexity of small, indoor fueling trials.

Another novel fueling supply concept has begun at this site, as Genco and Kimberly Clark moved beyond the demonstration of hydrogen powered forklifts. A fleet of 25 hydrogen-powered forklifts has been deployed at the 450,000-square-foot distribution. The hydrogen fueling station and its location allows several parties to benefit from the nation’s first multi-use industrial park fueling station to supply hydrogen from a single supply source directly for industrial, commercial and government use. In addition to fueling forklifts for GENCO and Kimberly-Clark the Aiken-Edgefield Economic Development Partnership. Aiken County government in South Carolina will use the fueling station to fuel two hydrogen powered shuttle bus vehicles and a hydrogen-powered pick-up truck as part of its local transportation system.

This project is a great example of how hydrogen fueling stations can benefit multiple users and differing types of vehicles at the same time. The location enables multiple parties to fill vehicles from a single supply system, and also provides the potential for other parties in this industrial park to tie into the station’s hydrogen supply. It is expected that at least one other customer will be supplied by pipeline from this system.


Defense Logistics Agency, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania

 

 

Defense Logistics Agency, Susquehanna, Pa.

Air Products installed its hydrogen fueling station technology at the Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna Pennsylvania (DDSP) in New Cumberland, PA and is powering a fleet of 55 hydrogen fuel cell powered, Class I forklifts being used in daily warehouse operations. Data to compare costs and operational characteristics will be collected and analyzed to support the development and commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell technologies for Department of Defense operations.

The station is supplied by liquid hydrogen, and uses Air Products proprietary liquid hydrogen pumps (CHC’s) for compression. In addition, a Series-150 compressor was deployed in order to minimize boil-off in the early stages of deployment. Two indoor dispensers provide fuel to operators in this multi-shift operation, and one outdoor dispenser supports the fueling need for other vehicles being tested at the site.


Nestlé Waters, Dallas, Texas

 

 

nestle waters

Air Products installed a hydrogen fueling station at Nestlé’s Dallas, TX facility, where it is being used to fuel a fleet of approximately 32 Class I hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts being used in daily operations. Nestlé Waters recently expanded its bottling and warehousing operations in Dallas and converted its propane powered materials handling equipment to hydrogen fuel cell forklifts.

Air Products’ fueling infrastructure at Nestlé includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank and a dual Series-150 compression system, along with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. Air Products’ is fueling a fleet of new lift trucks fitted with Plug Power’s GenDriveTM hydrogen fuel cell power units.


Wegmans, Pottsville, Pennsylvania

 

 

wegmans

Wegmans, a supermarket chain leader and innovator, launched a fleet of 50 hydrogen fuel cell-powered pallet trucks in January, 2010 using Air Products’ hydrogen and hydrogen fueling station technology at its Pottsville, PA warehouse to move produce on a daily basis for shipment to its stores in a five state area. The warehouse installation is the first commercial site in Pennsylvania to move consumer goods using hydrogen-powered material handling equipment.

Air Products’ fueling infrastructure at Wegmans includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank, Series-150 and CHC-700 compression systems, along with multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. Air Products’ is fueling a fleet of new lift trucks fitted with Plug Power’s GenDriveTM hydrogen fuel cell power units.

The fueling infrastructure installed is designed to support a growing fleet of fuel cell vehicles, as Wegmans intends to convert additional battery powered vehicles to fuel cell powered trucks.


Concurrent Technologies/Defense Logistics Agency, Warner Robins

 

 

Concurrent Technologies/Defense Logistics Agency, Warner Robins

Air Products was selected by Concurrent Technologies to supply the hydrogen infrastructure required for a fuel-cell forklift demonstration program being conducted at Defense Depot Warner Robins. This is the second of a series of pilot projects funded by the DLA Research and Development program to demonstrate the use of hydrogen fuel cells in lift trucks.

Air Products supplied an onsite hydrogen generator, compression, storage and dispensing to the facility in order to provide hydrogen fuel for 19 fuel cell forklifts. The dispensing includes a mobile fueler, which is filled at the production site and transported to locations in which the forklifts operate. The hydrogen infrastructure was commissioned and operational in January, 2010.


Center for Transportation and the Environment, Ft. Lewis, Washington

 

Air Products was selected by CTE to supply the hydrogen infrastructure required for a fuel-cell forklift demonstration program being conducted at a DLA facility in Ft. Lewis, WA. This is the third of a series of pilot projects funded by the DLA Research and Development program to demonstrate the use of hydrogen fuel cells in lift trucks.

Air Products will supply a liquid hydrogen tank, compression, storage and dispensing to the facility in order to provide hydrogen fuel for 19 fuel cell forklifts and one bus. The hydrogen infrastructure is expected to be commissioned and operational in July, 2011.


Center for Transportation and the Environment, Tracey, California

Air Products was selected by CTE to supply the hydrogen infrastructure required for a fuel-cell forklift demonstration program being conducted at a DLA facility in Tracey, CA. This is the fourth of a series of pilot projects funded by the DLA Research and Development program to demonstrate the use of hydrogen fuel cells in lift trucks.

Air Products will supply an electrolyzer for onsite hydrogen production, compression, storage and dispensing to the facility in order to provide hydrogen fuel for 19 fuel cell forklifts. The hydrogen infrastructure is expected to be commissioned and operational in June, 2011.


Material Handling Customer Demonstrations

 

 

Material Handling Customer Demonstrations

Air Products worked with dozens of customers in the material handling industry to supply hydrogen to Class I, II and III forklifts for short term, demonstration programs. Air Products provides both indoor and outdoor fueling to customers operating fuel cell powered equipment for one week to one year. Air Products fleet of HF-150 Mobile Fuelers have been deployed to customers in order to give them first hand experience with fueling and operating hydrogen powered forklifts. Mobile fueling equipment unique and patented by Air Products has been and continues to be deployed to a variety of customers for the purpose of demonstrating the technology in real world conditions.


Bridgestone, Morrison, Tennessee

 

 

Bridgestone, Morrison, Tennessee
Bridgestone, Morrison, Tennessee

Bridgestone was Air Products’ first customer to purchase hydrogen for the use in multiple hydrogen powered material handling equipment. The station, commissioned in 2008, provides hydrogen fuel for AGV’s and Class I forklifts. Air Products' fueling infrastructure includes an outdoor liquid hydrogen storage tank a gaseous compression system and multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. Air Products is fueling a fleet of vehicles fitted with Plug Power's GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power units.


 


Bridgestone, Aiken, South Carolina

 

 

Bridgestone, Aiken, South Carolina

Bridgestone’s success with fuel cell powered forklifts in Tennassee facilitated the evaluation and adoption of the technology at their production facility in Aiken, SC. The station, commissioned in 2008, provides hydrogen fuel for multiple forklifts. Air Products' fueling infrastructure includes a hydrogen tube trailer, gaseous compression system and multiple indoor fueling dispensers for operator refueling. As their fleet has continued to grow, discussions have been held to expand the capacity of the fueling station and convert the source of hydrogen to pipeline (supplied from a liquid hydrogen tank within the same industrial park.) Air Products is fueling a fleet of vehicles fitted with Plug Power's GenDrive™ hydrogen fuel cell power units.

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