Plug Power Inc. announced it has expanded its GenKey offering to enable fuel cell adoption for warehouses that operate fewer than 100 electric forklifts. For the first time, this segment of the forklift market, representing more than 25% of all forklifts sold in the U.S., will have access to cost-effective hydrogen fuel cells and the increased productivity they unlock, the company said.
Plug is removing the barriers that fleets with 40 to 100 forklifts have previously faced, including capital, labour, and space constraints and the challenges associated with hydrogen fuel sourcing and delivery. Customers that operate fewer than 100 electric forklifts can now easily adopt hydrogen fuel cells while increasing productivity, reducing space, and lowering carbon emissions.
Plug’s solutions are incentivized by the Inflation Reduction Act, which has significantly lowered the cost of green hydrogen. Fuel cells also benefit from federal tax credits.
“Building on our experience in creating the first commercially viable market for fuel cells, Plug is proud to be leading the industry in making green hydrogen adoption easy for a wider set of customers,” said Jose Luis Crespo, General Manager of Fuel Cell Applications and Global Accounts.
“With Plug’s expanded GenKey offering, customers with fewer than 100 forklifts at a warehouse facility now have the option to transition to fuel cells and a much more affordable, reliable, and sustainable source of fuel to meet their business goals. Our turnkey expanded GenKey offering is making the adoption of hydrogen easy for the material handling industry, allowing more businesses to benefit from increased productivity, lower costs, and greater flexibility.”
In addition to Plug’s market-tested fuel cell solution, with more than 1 billion hours of operation, the new offering includes the following main benefits:
- Low-cost green hydrogen supply from Plug’s hydrogen production plants: Plug’s extensive manufacturing, production, and delivery capabilities provide easy access to green hydrogen from renewable sources. This ensures sustainability benefits and savings while decreasing dependence on batteries and the power grid, which has seen power price increases and carries significant carbon emissions.
- Modular, more flexible hydrogen storage solution: Space-efficient, easy to install and permit, and relocatable, Plug’s modular solution is designed with space constraints in mind, enabling quicker approvals from property owners.
- Freedom from the grid: Powering forklifts with fuel cells in a facility reduces the need to use electricity from the utility or frees up electricity for other applications. Plug’s fuel cells offer significant cost savings compared to battery alternatives.
Customers can save upwards of $260,000 and as high as $1 million per year when compared to batteries.
Orders for this offering are being accepted now, with deliveries expected in the fourth quarter of 2023 for U.S. customers. Plug will soon have a similar offering for the European market.
Source: Plug Power