Replacing lead acid batteries with cleaner hydrogen (H2) fuel cells has seen the United States Postal Service (USPS) receive an award from the US Department of Energy.

USPS received a Federal Energy and Water Management Award for its work at the Washington Network Distribution Center in Capitol Heights, Maryland.

Through a recent pilot programme, envisioned by Robert Borris, Plant Manager, and Sherman Williamson, In-Plant Support Manager, the facility replaced lead acid batteries with cleaner H2 fuel cells in 92 powered industrial vehicles, including forklifts, tow motors and pallet jacks.

This reduced battery room electricity consumption by 81% and generated $188,000 in annual savings. The programme also produced $625,000 in savings through reduced work hours.

“The Postal Service is one of the nation’s largest federal agencies, and we understand the importance of leading by example. This award reflects our ongoing commitment to reduce our carbon footprint through innovation and good environmental stewardship,” said Tom Day, Chief Sustainability Officer.

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Source: USPS