With Air Products latest hydrogen fuel cell contract, the firm is set to breach the 1,000 unit milestone.

The latest order supplying warehouse locations in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts and Texas will mean that Air Products will provide both the infrastructure and fuelling for over 1,000 material handling units.

“We are the leader in providing hydrogen fuelling and the related infrastructure to the material handling market. Today we are fuelling nearly 1,000 pieces of material handling equipment, and we are refuelling them safely on a daily basis. We are very proud of this accomplishment and with future installations already under contract, doubling the number of units is already within sight,” said Ed Kiczek, Global Director of Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products.

“It goes without saying that our technology’s consistent performance and reliability, along with the environmental sustainability and productivity benefits we provide, have been recognised by this market application.”

Kiczek added that the early support in demonstration projects partially funded by the United States Department of Energy was important to proving the benefits of the technology.

Many of the material handling units being fuelled by Air Products include Plug Power’s (NASDAQ: PLUG) GenDrive® hydrogen fuel cell power units. The GenDrive systems can be quickly refuelled in just minutes, completely eliminating the need to change, store, charge and maintain multiple lead acid batteries for each lift.

 “Plug Power has captured the leadership role in manufacturing, shipping and deploying GenDrive fuel cell units to commercially viable material handling customer sites,” said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. “Plug Power holds over 85% of this market. And, as referenced by Air Products, continuing to secure multi-site material handling customers only further proves the reliability and value-add of the hydrogen-powered GenDrive product to the customer.”