“The P250 tug exhibited and demonstrated in operation at the show has a continuous power of 10 kW or a maximum power of 30 kW, as well as a voltage of 80 volts and a tractive force of 5000 N (25 tons).”

Linde Material Handling presents Linde P250 fuel cell tug at the inter Airport Europe trade fair


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Innovative energy for airport logistics

Aschaffenburg, August 7, 2019 – Quickly refueled, powerful in use, emission-free on site: Industrial trucks powered by fuel cells will be a promising energy solution for more and more customers in the future. At the leading international trade fair for airport equipment, inter Airport Europe 2019, the goods handling specialist Linde Material Handling is therefore adding another model to its portfolio of fuel cell equipment: the Linde P250 tug with 25 tons of tractive force.

An airport’s infrastructure is critical to the efficient handling of passengers and cargo. Electric tractors play an important role in this. For example, they bring baggage or cargo to the airport apron and supply the stores in the terminal with supplies. Emission-free in operation, they simultaneously have a high towing capacity and are very maneuverable due to their compact dimensions. This gives them a permanent place not only at airports, but also in the manufacturing industry, in wholesale trade or as postal delivery vehicles.

At the inter Airport Europe trade fair (October 8-10 in Munich), Linde Material Handling will be showcasing the company’s extensive range of tow tractors in addition to numerous safety solutions and assistance systems in the outdoor area (Booth E56). A special trade fair highlight: the new, hydrogen-powered variant of the Linde P250 tractor model. In addition to the numerous product advantages of the series-produced unit (e.g. robust chassis, spacious driver’s cab protected from vibration and noise, three independent braking systems), there are also the advantages of fuel cell technology. Short refueling times of just a few minutes ensure maximum availability, especially in multi-shift operation, and handling at the hydrogen dispenser is safe and clean. Further plus points are the favorable prices for hydrogen, independence from electricity load peaks and the long service life of the fuel cells. In addition, national and European funding programs can increase financial attractiveness. If the hydrogen is produced from electrolysis using renewable electricity, such as from a photovoltaic system or cogeneration with biogas,CO2 emissions are reduced, making the energy particularly environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Fuel cell devices are particularly worthwhile for companies that operate a numerically large fleet, demand high performance from the devices and use them in multi-shift operation with high annual operating hours. If hydrogen is generated as a waste product during operation or if hydrogen is required in production, this is an additional argument in favor of the fuel cell drive.

Linde Material Handling began developing series-production industrial trucks with fuel cells 20 years ago; the first units went into series production in 2010. Today, the goods handling specialist has the largest range on the market. Around 80 percent of all models can be ordered with the promising energy variant. These include low-lift trucks, reach trucks, and counterbalanced trucks including the visibility-optimized Roadster model.

Linde Material Handling GmbH
Linde Material Handling GmbH, a KION Group company, is a leading global manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse technology equipment as well as a provider of services and solutions for intralogistics. With a sales and service network in more than 100 countries, the company is represented in all major regions of the world. In fiscal 2018, the Linde MH EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) operating unit generated sales of around €3.3 billion and employed around 11,600 people. More than 135,000 Linde brand vehicles were sold worldwide in 2018.

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