PRESS RELEASE: New Cumberland, PA, February 23, 2011— Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc., a global provider of integrated fuel cell systems for forklifts and hydrogen generators for on-site refueling, today announced that it has received a follow-on order from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for 18 PowerEdge RL25 fuel cell units to operate at the Susquehanna Defense Distribution Supply Depot (DDSP) in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania. The RL25 units have joined 20 fuel cell systems powered by Nuvera’s technology in service at DDSP since 2009.
The 1.5 million square foot DDSP facility is the largest Department of Defense distribution center in the U.S., with 2,000 employees and 800 pieces of material handling equipment operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The PowerEdge™ RL25 units are repowering Yale® standup counterbalance trucks already in the fleet, and are being serviced by Manchester Industries of York, Pennsylvania. Refueling equipment is supplied by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
“Quick hydrogen refueling and the elimination of batteries in these trucks have led to increased fleet availability at DDSP,” commented Robert Schafer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Nuvera Fuel Cells. “Their decision to expand their fleet is a testament to their, and by extension, the Department of Defense’s, belief in fuel cell powered forklifts and Nuvera technology.” The Department of Energy is provided the funding for the aquisition.
PowerEdge™ is a hybrid motive power source for forklifts, consisting of a fuel cell power module, advanced maintenance-free batteries, compressed hydrogen storage tanks, OEM recommended counterweight, and a computerized control system with operator interface. Unlike conventional lead-acid batteries, PowerEdge stays in the truck and is refueled in less than 2 minutes. Nuvera also manufactures PowerTap™, an on-site hydrogen generation and refueling solution for forklift fleets. A PowerEdge freezer package is available for cold storage applications. Quick refueling, combined with consistent voltage throughout the shift, has led to productivity gains of 10% and higher.
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Nuvera Fuel Cells is an alternative-power technology company focused on fuel cell stacks and related systems, on-site hydrogen production and dispensing systems for both commercial end-users and OEMs. Located in the U.S. and Europe, Nuvera manufactures hydrogen supply and fuel cell power products designed for efficiency, safety, and productivity. Visit www.nuvera.com.
Company contact: Duvan Hoffmann, Nuvera Fuel Cells; 617-245-7565