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BOC and Cellex Power to supply hydrogen and fuel cell products for forklift trucks

BOC Gases : 25 September, 2006  (Company News)
Forklift trucks will soon be the latest vehicles powered by clean and efficient hydrogen energy, thanks to an agreement between BOC, one of the world
BOC and Cellex are working together to develop complete hydrogen supply solutions to power forklift trucks used in large distribution warehouses in North America. Cellex will supply the hydrogen power units that go into the trucks; BOC will provide the indoor hydrogen refueling facilities.

The next round of customer trials of the hydrogen powered forklift trucks is expected to last three months and will take place at customer sites in the USA and Canada.

“BOC is an expert in supplying hydrogen to customers safely and efficiently and in developing supply solutions tailored to meet our customers’ needs,' said John Carolin, global director, hydrogen energy, BOC.

“These trials will show customers how hydrogen fuel cells can improve truck productivity significantly by removing the downtime and performance loss seen in battery-powered trucks, and reducing the health and safety risks associated with handling lead acid batteries. Also, hydrogen refueling systems are considerably smaller than a typical battery recharging facility, which frees up additional floor space within the distribution center,” Carolin said.

“Cellex’s power units have logged hundreds of truck days to date from its field trials program which began in February 2002,” commented Tom Hoying, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cellex Power. “The next step in the field trials will demonstrate the safe and efficient fueling of hydrogen at customer locations,” Hoying said.

BOC has a solid track record of bringing hydrogen production and supply solutions to its customers. BOC is a member of Chrysalix Energy Limited Partnership, the private venture capital firm that invests in early-stage fuel cell and hydrogen companies, and also is a direct investor in companies working to develop fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies. BOC also is participating in the Compressed Hydrogen Infrastructure Program, a hydrogen fuelling demonstration in Surrey, British Columbia aimed at developing the infrastructure necessary to support the use of hydrogen fuel in vehicles.
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