On the 5th January, Plug Power customers surpassed the 10 millionth hydrogen (H2) fill using a GenFuel dispenser to refuel a GenDrive-powered forklift. That’s an average of 15,000 fills each day over the last year, bumping the count total from 5 million to 10 million in just eleven months.

This shows that Plug Power’s customer fuelling numbers are growing at an exponential rate, using enough H2 to take a car to mars and back…twice. On Planet Earth, you could drive around the entire globe 22,489 times.

Fifteen thousand H2 fills each day is a solid number, but Plug Power is working to enable an even wider cross-section of material handling facilities to convert their operation to H2 and fuel cells.

The basic H2 storage and dispensing station at a customer facility is most cost-effective at high use facilities running more than 50 vehicles for 2 to 3 shifts.

Smaller facilities are beginning to adopt Plug Power’s hub and spoke model, wherein a fleet of high-pressure tube trailers is used to economically transport gas from a larger site to a smaller one. The parent site acts as the ‘hub’ and the ‘spokes’ are the satellite users. This enables operations with as few as 10 forklifts to economically adopt H2 and fuel cells.

Other solutions including fuel reformers, electrolyzers and other small-scale innovations are increasing the potential H2 and fuel cell market within the material handling world.

Plug Power is also moving beyond forklifts and into new markets such as airport ground-support equipment, automated guided vehicles and on-road delivery vans.