Hydrogen Powered Factory Equipment

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Hydrogen powered

Hydrogen powered vehicles have been around awhile. The challenge for driving cars powered by hydrogen is storage. Storage and availability of refueling stations. How do you store enough hydrogen to drive a car 350 miles? Where can you refuel your hydrogen powered car?

I blogged about a new car by Honda that can do these long range drives.

Now Honda has also started using hydrogen to power short range equipment too. In their own factory!

Hydrogen Powered material handling equipment

Briggs Equipment installed a hydrogen powered truck system at Honda’s Swindon manufacturing facility. The fork truck built by Yale has been converted to rely entirely on renewable energy sources. The new system  generates hydrogen from solar power via electrolysis.  Now all the energy to drive the fork truck is clean and renewable with zero emissions.

The Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association has a nice article about this.

Hydrogen powered Fork Truck!


Hydrogen powered

All Green! All Clean!

The World Industrial Reporter also has a nice article about the new hydrogen powered fork truck at Honda’s Swindon factory.

The photo above comes from this article. Here is a bit of that article:

Richard Close, Briggs Equipment CEO explained how the consortium has worked hard with Honda to produce commercial volumes of truly ‘green’ hydrogen to power the converted Yale trucks in operation at the Swindon plant.

“These hybrid trucks are the first to use lithium battery technology with a hydrogen fuel cell to replace standard lead-acid batteries, resulting in materials handling equipment that produces zero emissions at the point of use,” he said. “The project has proved what can be achieved. The challenge is now to extend this as widely as possible.”

There you are folks. No drilling. No fracking. No mess. Clean green renewable energy today. That is what we need across the planet to save our climate and us. To quote Oliver Twist “Can I have some more please?”