First commercial deployment for clean hydrogen forklift refuelling in Japan


The partners of the Simplefuel® hydrogen (H2) refuelling appliance – IVYS Energy Solutions and PDC Machines, along with Japanese partner Tokyo Boeki Mechanics – have announced its first commercial deployment in Japan.

The Simplefuel H2 Refuelling Appliance is a compact, self-contained station for refuelling H2-powered vehicles complete with H2 production, purification and dispensing. With support from the Japanese Environmental Ministry of the Central Government, the SimpleFuel appliance will use solar or grid electricity to produce and deliver H2 for use with a Toyota Industries fuel-cell forklift truck at the Kesen Precut Cooperative, an Iwate Prefecture-based tree and timber production co-op.

The Simplefuel H2 Appliance was developed in response to the US Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, challenging American innovators to create solutions that could provide a path for greater adoption of FCEVs by drastically improving the performance and affordability of small-scale H2 fuelling infrastructure. The Simplefuel team consisting of IVYS Energy Solutions (MA, USA), PDC Machines (PA, USA) and McPhy NA (MA, USA) were awarded the H-prize in early 2017 and have been working over the past year to commercialise the technology.

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