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Coca-Cola Deploys Plug Power Fuel Cells

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fuel cell technology isn’t just about solving tomorrow’s environmental crisis; it’s about putting alternative power generation to work – today. At Plug Power, they share the common goal of transforming the energy landscape in ways that will positively impact the economy, society and the environment. In an increasingly environmentally conscious society, companies worldwide are seeking more efficient and sustainable business practices.

Specifically, Plug Power revolutionized the material handling industry with its GenDrive® fuel cell product suite. GenDrive is increasingly being seen as a superior alternative to lead-acid batteries for the electric lift truck market. And, dozens of customers are realizing the benefits delivered.

Increased productivity by up to 15 percent
Lower operational costs by up to 30 percent
More operational space by eliminating battery rooms
Reduced site emissions by up to 80 percent
Significantly reduce peak power demand for high-cost electricity

Fuel cells presented themselves as a viable solution to Coca-Cola and Procter and Gamble because they are designed specifically for these customer’s businesses.

Procter and Gamble Co.:

Proctor and Gamble selected GenDrive fuel cells to power lift trucks at three separate P&G facilities. Distributed across the United States, these facilities are in California, Louisiana and North Carolina. In total, over 200 GenDrive fuel cell units will power its electric lift truck fleets to help drive down operating costs and improve process efficiencies.

P&G understood the gains in productivity that would be achieved by using GenDrive. Fuel cells are powered by hydrogen and can be re-fueled in two to three minutes – minimizing down time for the truck and its operator. Lead-acid batteries need to be changed, charged, stored and maintained, a process that is timely, involves costly infrastructure, occupies valuable floor space and taxes an already inefficient electric grid.

Coca-Cola Refreshments:

Coca-Cola purchased GenDrive fuel cell units to power its electric lift truck fleet in San Leandro, CA. The fleet includes over 50 GenDrive systems to operate inside the 500,000 sq. ft. bottling and distribution center. While looking to increase fleet productivity, Coca-Cola is also focused on reducing fleet emissions.

Hydrogen fuel cells area a sustainable power source. Power is created through an electrochemical reaction, and only heat and water are generated as byproducts. With this environmentally conscious decision, Coca-Cola is able to reduce site emissions by up to 80 percent.

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