Hys­ter’s hy­dro­gen-pow­ered fork­lifts bring clean, green and re­li­able per­for­mance to in­dus­try

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Hy­dro­gen-pow­ered fork­lifts are be­ing demon­strated by Hys­ter for com­pa­nies in­ter­ested in clean, green, and high en­vi­ron­men­tal per­for­mance, cou­pled with the con­ve­nience and work­place ef­fi­ciency of rapid re­fu­elling for max­i­mum up­time.

The new ma­chines – which of­fer the per­for­mance and re­fu­elling speed of typ­i­cal con­ven­tion­ally pow­ered al­ter­na­tives, but with the sus­tain­abil­ity of elec­tric mo­tors – were demon­strated in Syd­ney this month (April 24) hosted by Hys­ter-Yale Asia- Pa­cific Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Mr Tony Fagg.

“These new hard-work­ing fork­lifts com­prise a pro­duc­tion-tested Hys­ter range that com­ple­ments our ex­ist­ing glob­ally re­spected ranges and is backed by the dis­tri­bu­tion and tech­ni­cal re­sources of Hys­ter-Yale Group, which pro­duces fork­lifts for the tough­est work­ing con­di­tions in ca­pac­i­ties from 1-52 tonnes,” said Mr Fagg.

“The new hy­dro­gen- pow­ered fork­lift trucks are aimed par­tic­u­larly at com­pa­nies seek­ing the ul­ti­mate com­bi­na­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tally har­mo­nious in­door and out­door per­for­mance, with­out hav­ing to in­ter­rupt pro­duc­tion cy­cles or have ve­hi­cles out of ser­vice for lengthy charg­ing or bat­tery chang­ing. These ben­e­fits will ex­tend to a wide range of ma­te­ri­als han­dling op­er­a­tions, where pro­duc­tiv­ity is a vi­tal el­e­ment in main­tain­ing a com­pet­i­tive edge.

“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. The prod­ucts are cur­rently only avail­able for dis­tri­bu­tion in the United States and Canada, with a view to in­tro­duc­ing them to Asia- Pa­cific re­gion in fu­ture years.

“Hys­ter’s hy­dro­gen- pow­ered ranges – which com­ple­ment our broader glob­ally re­spected ma­te­ri­als han­dling tech­nolo­gies – utilise durable high- per­for­mance Nu­vera fuel cell sys­tems, which are fast-fu­elled power op­tions that re­place lead-acid bat­ter­ies in Class I, II, and III elec­tric lif t trucks. The Nu­vera fuel cell sys­tem is de­signed and built to pro­vide cus­tomer re­turn on in­vest­ment over the life­cy­cle of the prod­uct.

“The new hy­dro­gen fuel cell pow­ered fork­lifts can be re-fu­elled in as quick as three min­utes, 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 full po­ten­tial – max­imis­ing prod­uct and op­er­a­tor util­i­sa­tion – and pro­vide gains in up­time and pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

HOW THEY WORK

Fuel cell ve­hi­cles are fu­elled and re­fu­elled by a hose from a dis­penser in the same way that typ­i­cal work ve­hi­cles and cars and trucks are re­fu­elled at a petrol or diesel bowser. The hy­dro­gen dis­penser pumps hy­dro­gen into the cell’s hy­dro­gen stor­age tank. As long as the fuel cell is sup­plied with hy­dro­gen and oxy­gen, it will gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity to power the fork­lift’s elec­tric mo­tor.

In the process of the hy­dro­gen fuel’s con­ver­sion to elec­tric­ity through a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion in the cell, elec­tric­ity is pro­duced, and this is used to power the elec­tric mo­tor that drives the ve­hi­cle. The process is very clean be­cause, un­like a con­ven­tional fossil fuel en­gine, a fuel cell doesn›t burn the hy­dro­gen. In­stead, it’s fused chem­i­cally with oxy­gen pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity and wa­ter, which is the pri­mary emis­sion from the ve­hi­cle giv­ing the ve­hi­cle clean, green cre­den­tials.

WHO WILL USE THIS TECH­NOL­OGY?

The sus­tain­abil­ity delivered by Hys­ter’s new work ve­hi­cles is ap­pli­ca­ble to an en­tire range of fu­ture-fo­cussed in­dus­tries, in­clud­ing par­tic­u­larly ma­te­ri­als han­dling, man­u­fac­tur­ing, ware­hous­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tions. It is also di­rectly rel­e­vant to ma­jor re­sources com­pa­nies (such as min­ing, oil and gas) that are seek­ing to re­duce their op­er­a­tions’ en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print in re­mote and sen­si­tive ar­eas, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tally aware util­i­ties in­clud­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, en­ergy, wa­ter and waste wa­ter en­gi­neer­ing fa­cil­i­ties and trans­port and au­to­mo­tive ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties where work­ers may be ex­posed to en­vi­ron­men­tal and work­place OB&S haz­ards.

Re­quire­ments es­sen­tial to the suc­cess of the use of this tech­nol­ogy in­clude a steady, cost- ef­fec­tive sup­ply of hy­dro­gen, which can be delivered, gen­er­ated on- site or em­ploy­ing a fleet dis­penser sys­tem such as Hys­ter-Yale’s proven Nu­vera sys­tem.

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