Friday, October 19, 2018

Californian Drive for Cleaner Emissions Produces Hydrogen Powered Container Handling Fork Lift Truck

Funding Results in Revelation of New Materials Handler
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US – SPAIN – Much has been made of lately regarding whether hydrogen fuel cells have a place in the future of the freight and logistics market but it seem the ever present impetus in the State of California to drive the environmental agenda has created a new development for one major fork lift truck manufacturer with a major regional port as a customer.

An innovative electric truck, which is being developed for an end-user at the Port of Los Angeles, has now been unveiled with the first photograph and movie of the first drive of the model in development, from established brand Hyster and which was funded in part by a grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to support the development of a zero-emissions container handling truck powered by a Nuvera® fuel cell.

As we reported in September the Port is leading the way in terms of adopting hydrogen technology having already planned to introduce haulage trucks powered by the gas in partnership with Kenworth and Toyota, and to play its part in constructing a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to ensure the project’s success.

The funding for the Hyster has come once again via California Climate Investments (CCI), the state of California’s climate change-fighting programme that puts billions of dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health. The truck details were unveiled at the Greenport Congress in Valencia this week.

Prior to the event, the zero-emissions truck, which will be powered by that Nuvera® fuel cell combined with a lithium-ion battery, has only been shown in diagrams and 3D renderings. However, during the presentation ‘Alternative energy sources for mobile plant equipment’ at the Greenport Congress, Willem Nieuwland, Project Leader for Hyster Europe, revealed the latest state of development. Lyndle McCurley, Vice President, Big Truck Sales Americas for Hyster, said:

”The right power option for a truck will always depend on the specific operation. Whereas the large lithium ion battery is expected to suit those applications with a medium duty cycle where opportunity charging is possible, we anticipate the truck powered by a battery re-charged by an on board fuel cell will better suit the challenges of this particular end-user in the Port of L.A.

“Hydrogen and grid power provide complementary power solutions for ports, where the requirements to power a fleet of electric Big Trucks is likely to exceed power capabilities of the grid, hydrogen may provide ports with readily available energy without a requirement for a high capacity electric charging infrastructure. Electric charging for a large number of trucks during the day also adds complexity to overall work planning in the terminal, which can be avoided using hydrogen.”