Air Products’ hydrogen technology fueling material handling fuel cells at WinCo’s California Warehouse

Created at Feb 6, 2012, 3:39am PST

Air Products announced today that its hydrogen fueling technology and infrastructure is now providing hydrogen to fuel material handling fuel cell units at WinCo Foods LLC’s grocery distribution center. Some of the advantages to using hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts and material handling equipment include: limited refueling, consistent strength and power and no change-out down time required. Additionally, unlike battery-powered forklifts, hydrogen-powered fuel cells are not impacted by temperature when operating in coolers and freezers. Further, hydrogen-powered equipment is more environmentally friendly and does not involve lead-acid battery storage or disposal issues. Air Products is currently increasing its overall units until the facility conversion to hydrogen-powered fuel cell lifts is complete in 2013.