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Hydrogen fuel cells used to power electric lift trucks at Walmart distribution centers

GenDrive fuel cells have no exhaust emissions so that they can be a component in implementing corporate environmental initiatives.

The Trucker News Services

2/26/2014

LATHAM, N.Y. — Plug Power Inc. today confirms the company has received a multi-site GenKey purchase order from Walmart Stores Inc. to roll out its hydrogen fuel cell solution to power electric lift truck fleets at six North America distribution centers.

The first of six sites will be deployed by the second quarter of 2014.

Further purchase order terms for the multi-site order initially announced on February 10, 2014 include:

  Total of 1,738 GenDrive fuel cell units, to be deployed over two years

  GenFuel infrastructure construction and hydrogen fuel supply

  Six-year GenCare service contract for each site

GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells have universal appeal in material handling applications because they can contribute to an increase in productivity, stated a company news release. Workers spend less time fueling a forklift truck as compared to changing a lead-acid battery, resulting in less downtime.

GenDrive fuel cells also have no exhaust emissions so that they can be a component in implementing corporate environmental initiatives.

"We are pleased with the performance of the hydrogen fuel cells that we have been operating and are excited to expand our program with Plug Power," said Jeff Smith, senior director for Walmart Logistics.

"This agreement is a tripling of Walmart's commitment to Plug Power's fuel cells, and is encouraging because it comes from a company with so much experience using our product," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power.

"This is a milestone for Plug Power and its ongoing business relationship with Walmart. Plug Power's GenDrive products have a positive impact on the productivity of our customer's operations. We have proven to be a trusted partner and are confident that GenKey will enhance Walmart's material handling operations."

Walmart currently has 535 GenDrive fuel cell units in operation at sustainable refrigerated distribution centers, including two sites in Canada and one in the United States. Specifically, Walmart's Balzac, Canada, fresh food distribution center is the most energy-efficient distribution facility of its kind in North America. Additionally, the Walmart Washington Courthouse distribution center in Ohio was the launching point of the GenFuel business.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints.

Long-standing relationships with industry leaders, including Walmart, Sysco, Procter & Gamble, and Mercedes Benz, forged the path for Plug Power's innovative GenKey hydrogen and fuel cell system solutions.

With more than 4,500 GenDrive units deployed to material handling customers, accumulating over 20 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today. Additional information about Plug Power is available at www.plugpower.com.

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