BMW used to manufacture the prototype Hydrogen 7 internal combustion driven car that ran off either liquid H2O or gasoline. BMW has discontinued doing so but has found another way to go eco-friendly.
Since 2003, the Spartanburg, South Carolina BMW plant has ported over landfill gas in the form of methane via a 9.5 mile pipeline from a Waste Management site in Wellford, SC. The methane gas is burned to turn a couple of turbines to produce 50-percent of the car plant’s electricity and save around 92,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually that would have been dumped into the atmosphere.
In October 2010, I had talked about how this same BMW plant had decided to buy 85 hydrogen fuel cell powered materials handling trucks (forklifts and palette truck) which now number 100. BMW has been buying the hydrogen from industrial gas supplier Linde.
Now, BMW is going to study using some of this landfill gas and converting it into hydrogen for use in the materials handling trucks. The Spartanburg plant is over 4 million square feet in size and is currently where BMW manufactures their X3 Sport Activity Vehicle.
If successful, it will allow BMW to expand their fleet of materials handling units and become the largest such site in the world to use these hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles.