I like talking about hydrogen forklifts, so much so that I have a category dedicated just to this subject. The fact is that hydrogen fuel cell forklifts are being commercialized now and used in industrial settings because they offer many advantages over battery or fossil fueled powered forklifts.
I won’t outline all of the benefits because I’ve done so previously several times. So just follow the link provided if you’re interested in this information. Today I would like to talk about the first industrial park to get a hydrogen fueling station.
The Sage Mill Industrial Park, in Graniteville, South Carolina is getting a hydrogen fueling station for use by tenants at the complex. The biggest of the tenants will be Kimberly-Clark.
According to Kimberly-Clark Vice President, Rick Sather, “Kimberly-Clark is constantly looking for innovative ways to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment. We are pleased to partner with GENCO ATC, Plug Power and Air Products to help expand hydrogen fuel cell technology to our entire forklift fleet. This energy technology can reduce our carbon emissions by hundreds of metric tons per year, lower costs and drive efficiencies to power our operations.”
Air Products will supply the compressed hydrogen gas and Plug Power will supply its hydrogen fuel cell system inside of Toyota forklifts for Kimberly-Clark.
As the common consumer is increasingly surrounded by hydrogen power, whether it be stationary fuel cells, portable fuel cells for electronic devices or fuel cells in the transportation industry it will only be a matter of time until hydrogen technology is normalized, mainstreamed, and accepted as commonplace for the average consumer.