The adoption of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts is a new trend in many industries. This reduces operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, hydrogen fuel cells offer increased reliability.
What is a hydrogen fuel cell?
It is a device that produces electricity from hydrogen and oxygen. Water vapour and heat are the only by-products.
As a result, it produces no harmful emissions or pollutants, making it ideal for storage, manufacturing and retail applications.
To support this technology, a steady supply of hydrogen is required. Companies considering the use of hydrogen fuel cell forklifts must therefore work with suppliers to determine the most appropriate power option for their needs, as this varies greatly depending on the size of the fleet, the method of hydrogen distribution and the quantity required.
Use hydrogen fuel cell forklifts for greater availability
Currently, most electric forklifts use lead-acid batteries. Once the battery charge has expired, it must be removed and transported to a charging room, and freshly charged batteries must be installed. This is equivalent to at least 20 minutes of lost productivity every four to eight hours.
What makes hydrogen fuel cells more interesting is that they can be refuelled in just three minutes. This allows operators to get back to work quickly, save time, increase efficiency and increase productivity.
The adoption of hydrogen also eliminates the need to allocate significant indoor space for battery charging and storage.
Finally, unlike conventional batteries, hydrogen fuel cells can provide a constant voltage until the fuel tanks are depleted. This means that, under normal operating conditions, fuel cell powered forklifts do not suffer any performance degradation when used by operators.