Among the cost drivers of electricity usage in your materials handling facility, lift truck battery chargers could be among the biggest electricity consumers. Battery chargers can also drive up additional annual peak demand charges for your building. Electricity demand during peak periods may result in utility surcharges, with the additional risk of stretching grid capacity to the point of power outages or need for usage restrictions.
Fuel cell powered electric lift trucks run on hydrogen, not on electricity used to charge batteries, so their use could significantly reduce your facility’s electricity consumption. Moreover, PowerEdge® fuel cell units can be used to supply electricity to the grid to support electric peak demand shaving, providing added savings on electricity bills.
See a fascinating analysis of this potential in a recent presentation by DOE at:http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/downloads/webinar-analysis-using-fuel-cell-material-handling-equipment-shaving-peak