BMW Manufacturing’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has more than doubled its fleet of hydrogen-powered material handling equipment, using systems supplied by Linde North America. The 4.0 million square foot production facility now powers its entire hydrogen-fuel cell fleet of more than 230 units to service the plant’s production and logistics functions, making it one of the largest fuel cell forklift sites in the world. Read more »
Air Products’ APD has supplied hydrogen fueling technology for a fleet of 25 hydrogen-powered forklifts at Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s KMB 450,000-square-foot distribution facility in Graniteville, South Caroline. The facility, located in Sage Mill Industrial Park, is managed by logistics provider GENCO ATC. Read more »
Xebec Adsorption Inc., a Canadian provider of biogas upgrading, natural gas and hydrogen purification solutions for the clean energy market, is to supply a fully integrated biogas upgrading plant to WELtec BioPower GmbH (WELtec) for a novel biogas project located in Wuxi, China. “It is Xebec’s first order for a biogas upgrading plant for the Chinese market and is one of the first biogas projects producing renewable compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle fuel from agricultural waste in China. As such it is an important reference project for the development of similar biogas-to-CNG projects across China,” said Andrew Hall, Xebec’s Vice President of Asia Pacific Operations. He added, “China has the potential to become one of the largest markets worldwide for commercial scale biogas projects.” Read more »
Hydrogen producer Praxair, Inc. and Praxair Canada have signed a strategic alliance with Canadian hydrogen fuelling systems provider company Powertech Labs, Inc. to jointly market and sell Praxair’s hydrogen and Powertech’s hydrogen fueling equipment to materials handling customers, specifically to distribution centers for hydrogen fuel-cell powered forklifts. Eamonn Percy, Powertech president, said “Distribution centers with large materials handling fleets are realizing the benefits of hydrogen fuel-cell powered forklifts. This alliance will help increase their productivity while potentially decreasing costs associated with operating traditional battery-powered forklifts.”
Heavy transportation sector roadmap development will focus on natural gas for fuel
Canada has long been a leader in the development of advanced technologies for natural gas vehicles and refuelling infrastructure. Now, the Canadian story is about to open another chapter with news this week that government and industry stakeholders will partner to develop a deployment roadmap focusing on the opportunities for natural gas as a cost effective, lower emission fuel for the heavy transportation sector. Read more »
Sydney based CFS International has wrapped up a busy second half to 2010, putting more than 50 industry members from Bangladesh through one of the most comprehensive NGV training programs the company has staged since its formation in almost ten years ago. The CNG industry is an important element of Bangladesh’s economy and energy setup. Bangladesh has one of the world’s highest CNG market penetration rate, with a CNG vehicle population (currently at about 250,000 out of a total vehicle population of some one million). Read more »
Pall-Ex, a palletised distribution network based in the UK, has taken delivery of a new fleet of 40 CNG powered forklifts from Barloworld at its state of the art Leicestershire hub. Continuing a partnership that has stretched back over 10years, Pall-Ex is now operating its 3rd generation of Hyster fork trucks which work intensely day and night. Read more »
Sources in Singapore confirm that Changi airport authorities are looking at the feasibility of commissioning compressed natural gas (CNG) ground vehicles to reduce diesel pollutants, providing a clean-air benefit for both airport workers and passengers. A trial baggage-handling vehicle and CNG forklift are expected to be delivered soon to commence on-site evaluations while refuelling needs are currently under consideration. Airport authorities have not made any official comment on the matter yet but are expected to in due course.
Terasen Gas today announced a Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Program (CNGV) to promote clean, efficient natural gas vehicles as an energy alternative in B.C.’s transportation sector. The first project under the CNGV program, involving Terasen Gas, Euro Asia Transload and FuelMaker, will see the conversion of 100 forklifts from propane to natural gas. The approx. $400,000 (USD) project includes the extension of the Terasen Gas system to deliver natural gas to a newly installed FuelMaker Corp. compressions system at Euro Asia Transload’s Richmond and Burnaby warehouses and the installation of a FuelMaker Corp. compression system to fuel each forklift.
“In the first three weeks of our [forklift] project we’ve noticed that our machines run quieter and more efficiently, and our warehouse’s indoor air quality has improved,” said Coleman Tokei, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Euro Asia Transload.
Alicia Milner is the President of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance and a Vice President of IANGV. Here she outlines the factors responsible for the success of natural gas forklifts, using the Ontario market as an example.
Natural gas is a versatile low carbon fuel. The rapid growth in use of natural gas for transportation is a global success story that is increasingly attracting the attention of governments, the automotive industry, and the media. Data indicates that 85% of the 8.7 million natural gas vehicles in use today are light duty passenger vehicles, and that natural gas is increasingly being used for niche vehicles. Forklift trucks are an excellent example of niche vehicle success for natural gas.