«Our employees are proud to work on Europe’s first 100% hydrogen logistics location.»

Philippe Giroux, CEO Prelodis, Prelocentre Group

Applications

With the tightening of environmental guidelines for carbon emissions, pollutants and noise, the intralogistics sector is facing growing challenges. Being in a position to offer green logistics solutions that are in accordance with the demands of customers for sustainability – while maintaining economic feasibility – is becoming an inevitable and decisive factor for competitiveness.

Fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles as well as airport ground support equipment and vehicles offer a whole range of benefits:
• in and outdoor operation (even at extreme temperatures such as in cold storage spaces)
• zero emissions and quiet
• low space requirements for infrastructure
• high efficiency
• very flexible (modular, scalable)
• fast refuelling
• very reliable, robust, low maintenance
• constant performance
• long service life

Cost effectiveness – for large fleets and multi-shift operation already today, and tomorrow for everyone.

Today, examples such as the Prelodis logistics centre in the Paris region with an annual distribution of approx. 270,000 tonnes of fruit and vegetables, the Mercedes-Benz facility in Düsseldorf, DB Schenker in Linz or BMW in Leipzig show the possibilities that fuel cells currently already provide in the area of logistics.

Philippe Giroux, CEO of Prelodis, France: “In terms of the payback period for the deployment of fuel cell material handling vehicles, we anticipate a timeframe of six to seven years. However, we expect an even shorter timespan in the case of larger numbers of such vehicles.”

Safety – Industry has worked with hydrogen for more than a century already. The associated requirements and regulations for safety that also apply to fuel cell material handling vehicles represent the basis for the handling of this gas. Numerous accident simulations and physical tests have revealed that the risk of fire in a hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle is lower than that in a conventional gasoline-run vehicle.


Thomas Ziegler, Branch Manager DB Schenker, Linz: “The drivers were initially a little apprehensive. But now they scramble to be the one who drives the fuel cell forklift – to the point that some even come earlier to their shift for that very reason.”

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