Air Products’ will be introducing another novel fuelling supply concept today, when it officially begins the commercial fuelling of a fleet of 25 hydrogen-powered forklifts at Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s 450,000-square-foot distribution facility.
The facility, located in Sage Mill Industrial Park, Graniteville, South Carolina, is managed by GENCO ATC – North America’s second largest and a Global Top 50 third-party logistics provider.
The hydrogen fuelling station, and its location, allows several parties to benefit from the alternative energy effort and establish the nation’s first multi-use industrial park fuelling station to supply hydrogen from a single supply source directly for industrial, commercial and government use.
In addition to GENCO ATC, Kimberly-Clark and Air Products, project members also included Plug Power Inc. and the Aiken-Edgefield Economic Development Partnership. Aiken County government in South Carolina will use the fuelling station to fuel two hydrogen powered shuttle bus vehicles and a hydrogen-powered pick-up truck as part of its local transportation system.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony and technology demonstration takes place today, inside the Kimberly-Clark facility at 11 a.m. (local time) and will feature several speakers.
Bruce Luff, Business Development Manager for Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products, enthused, “This project is a great example of how hydrogen fuelling stations can benefit multiple users and differing types of vehicles at the same time. In real estate the saying is, ‘location, location, location’ – and in this instance the location enables multiple parties to fill vehicles from a single supply system, and also provides the potential for other parties in this industrial park to tie into the station’s hydrogen supply.”
“All parties involved in this project should be pleased with this infrastructure model and we thank Kimberly-Clark, GENCO and the Economic Development Partnership for their leadership roles.”
Luff added that Air Products’ hydrogen fuelling technology is currently being used to fuel over 750 material handling vehicles at several locations in the US. Readers of gasworld will be familiar with Air Products’ expertise in the material handling sector using hydrogen after last year’s exclusive interview with Tom Mutchler, the company’s General Manager for Worldwide Equipment.
Further still, hydrogen and a number of other ‘green’ technologies will be in the spotlight in the upcoming Green issue of gasworld magazine.