Hys­ter hy­dro­gen fork­lift / Kaeser SM se­ries com­pres­sors

Hys­ter re­veals its hy­dro­gen-pow­ered fork­lift

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Hys­ter has bol­stered its green cre­den­tials with the re­veal of its new hy­dro­gen­pow­ered fork­lift.

The en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly fork­lift of­fers the per­for­mance and re­fu­elling speeds of typ­i­cal con­ven­tion­ally pow­ered ma­chines but with the sus­tain­abil­ity of elec­tric mo­tors.

The fork­lift uses a hy­dro­gen fuel cell to power the elec­tric mo­tors. Hy­dro­gen is pumped di­rectly from the bowser to the fork­lift’s stor­age tank, and is then mixed with oxy­gen in­side the fuel cell to cre­ate elec­tric­ity.

Un­like a reg­u­lar fos­sil fuel en­gine the fuel cell does not burn the hy­dro­gen, rather it fuses chem­i­cally with the oxy­gen and pro­duces elec­tric­ity and wa­ter as byprod­ucts. The elec­tric­ity is used to power the mo­tors, leav­ing wa­ter as the pri­mary emis­sion.

“The new hy­dro­gen fuel cell-pow­ered fork­lifts can be re-fuelled in as quick as three min­utes,” Hys­ter-Yale Asia-Pa­cific man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tony Fagg says.”

“Which saves sig­nif­i­cant downtime com­pared with bat­tery-op­er­ated fork­lifts that can take up to eight hours to recharge. This means the whole fleet can be used to its fullest po­ten­tial – max­imis­ing prod­uct and op­er­a­tor util­i­sa­tion – and pro­vide gains in up­time and pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Hys­ter says the tech­nol­ogy has po­ten­tially very broad ap­pli­ca­tions across in­dus­tries such as ware­hous­ing, in­fras­truc­ture, ma­te­ri­als han­dling, man­u­fac­tur­ing, food and bev­er­age pro­cess­ing, frozen and fresh pro­duce dis­tri­bu­tion and trans­port.

“We be­lieve that, not only are th­ese the first hy­dro­gen-pow­ered fork­lifts in Aus­tralia or New Zealand, but also that such prac­ti­cal hy­dro­gen­pow­ered ve­hi­cles as th­ese show the way ahead for a whole new gen­er­a­tion of fu­ture-fo­cussed work ve­hi­cles, and per­haps ul­ti­mately for pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles.”

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