New York’s fuel cell system manufacturer Plug Power has inked a supply order of 39 fuel cells to California-based fast-food distributor Golden State Foods.
The 39 GenDrive zero-emission fuel cells are aimed to power 39 material handling vehicles at the Golden State Foods’ new distribution centre in Chicago, US.
The fuel cells are designed to ensure efficient operations with minimal ecological impact. According to Plug Power, the fuel cell-powered vehicles can run at full speed even when fuel is low and can be re-fueled within minutes.
“Plug Power’s emergence in the fueling business will simplify the transition to hydrogen fuel cells for material-handling customers,” said Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh.
Plug Power launched its GenFuel business in January 2014 as part of the GenKey solution, which consists of three separate elements: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen fuel and infrastructure, and GenCare maintenance service.
Plug Power also reached a distribution agreement with industrial gas supplier Praxair. The fuel cell developer will offer hydrogen from Praxair to its customers throughout the United States who are using the company’s hydrogen fuel cell solution. The agreement integrates Plug Power’s GenFuel hydrogen fueling infrastructure with Praxair’s liquid hydrogen supply capability.
The company expects to triple its revenue from $26m in 2013 to more than $75m in 2014. Last month, Plug Power signed a long-term deal with Ballard Power Systems to supply fuel cell stacks.