In 2014 they began piloting using hydrogen fuel cell to replace conVentional lead acid batteries in mobile equipment in it DCs
On March 26th, 2015, FM Logistic, Diagma, Air Liquide, HyPulsion, Toyota and Crown presented their project during a dedicated press conference specifically in the FM Logistic platform in Neuville-aux-Bois.
The forklifts trucks run on hydrogen are a solution to the major logistics challenges :
10h usage autonomy
reload realized in 3 minutes without complex maneuver
zero pollution and low noise.
Since February, 10 hydrogen fuel cell forklift trucks are being tested on this platform. If the results are conclusive, the 84 trolleys of the site and other Group platforms will be equipped to hydrogen.
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Expansion Marks Company's Continued Traction with European Material Handling Customers
July 12, 2016 -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, has received a new purchase order from FM Logistic for use of Plug Power's GenDrive product in its 90,000 square meter logistics facility in Neuville-aux-Bois, France. Plug Power's world-class GenDrive fuel cell units will be deployed in FM Logistic's Toyota Material Handling and Crown pallet jacks and reach trucks.
FM Logistic is a family-run business started in 1967 and is one of the leading logistics providers in the European market. Today's logistics leaders continuously demand high-quality solutions to become more competitive and to continuously improve its processes and resources to meet and exceed customer's needs.
Plug Power's GenDrive fuel cell solution displaces lead-acid batteries in electric lift trucks and enables customers to increase the productivity of its operations, while reducing operational costs. Plug Power has a suite of CE-certified units available for European material handling customers, including units to support pallet, reach, counterbalance trucks, and tow tractors, enabling a full-fleet conversion. Important to FM Logistic, the GenDrive fuel cell solution produces no harmful emissions and eliminates the costs associated with handling and storing toxic materials. Plug Power's European GenCare team will support the GenDrive-fleet.
"Plug Power continues to add new customer names to our resume and we look forward to helping FM Logistic continue to grow its business through the use of GenDrive fuel cells," said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. "Our expanded partnership with FM Logistics further strengthens our value proposition that GenDrive applies not just for our core large distribution center markets, but also in extending to smaller-size distribution centers and to the European logistics operations."
FM Logistic is an international logistics provider operating in 13 countries including Russia, Brazil, China and India with approximately 60 percent of its revenues coming from other countries than France.
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Field Service Technician (Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin)
The Field Service Technician will support our fuel cell products currently installed in electric lift trucks, including performing preventative maintenance and resolving breakdowns. This person will be responsible for the installation and servicing of a fleet of fuel cells at a specific location. This person will also be responsible for reporting breakdown events, parts ordering and maintenance of fuel cells at a specific location. In addition to maintenance and support of fuel cell products, the Field Service Technician also provides support for hydrogen gas refueling systems on location. This position presents a great amount of exposure to customer personnel and electric lift truck operators, and thus requires a person with excellent technical skills as well as strong communication, interpersonal and motivational skills. A person in this position has the potential for promotion to a Regional Service Representative position with strong performance.
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from May 21, 2015,
..The initial deployment of GenDrive units will be powering the forklift fleet at one of Uline’s distribution centers in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Additionally, Uline will deploy a second fleet of GenDrive-powered lift trucks into a newly constructed facility in the coming months.
W2 is now ready
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How Uline Ensured Efficiency At Its Massive New Distribution Center
As chief executive officers of companies selling American-made fuel cell products, we compete with each other daily and fiercely for customers. We are coming together today because we need Congress to address an unfair market advantage that was inadvertently created at the end of 2015 with the extension of certain energy credits but not others.
Late last year, Congress agreed to a spending bill that extended tax credits for wind and solar technologies but did not extend similar tax credits for fuel cells and other advanced energy resources. There is bipartisan agreement that Congress, by extending incentives for some technologies and not others, has, without intention but effectively, picked winners and losers. The result is bad policy for our country, and for American innovation in the vital stationary and mobile electric power sector.
Congress should be seeking to create a fair and level playing field which enables the best and most beneficial technologies to prevail in the marketplace on merit. To restore this level playing field requires that the same tax credits also be extended for fuel cells and the other advanced resources that were left out. While the tax credits are needed today to restore equity in the market, we also believe that they should be phased out in five years on the same schedule as other technologies. We make this commitment because of our deep rooted belief in our ability to continue to innovate, drive down costs and compete without tax incentives on a level playing field.
Extending tax credits for fuel cells gives Congress the opportunity to build on America's economic leadership. America leads the world in advanced, fuel cell technology. The technology innovations that are the cornerstone of our businesses were created in the U.S., our products are manufactured in America, and run on domestically produced natural gas. Do we really want to put this hard won global competitive advantage and the associated well-paying manufacturing jobs at risk?
Our fuel-cells are reliable and resilient and used to power buildings, critical infrastructure, fork-lifts, and manufacturing facilities at leading American companies that we all rely on every day, including Kroger, Walmart, and Home Depot. Our natural gas and parts suppliers span the U.S. and will be negatively affected by this market disruption if Congress allows competing technologies to continue operating with this five-year advantage.
As an industry, we employ more than 8,500 people in the United States and support tens of thousands of additional jobs through our customers, suppliers and installers. These high-skilled, well-paid workers—from welders to engineers—are helping America win the tough, global competition for manufacturing.
While our industry has benefited from these tax credits for a little over five years and this has helped establish American fuel-cell technology leadership, other technologies have benefited from similar tax credits for decades and current law guarantees those will continue indefinitely. Solar, for instance, has an important role to play in U.S. energy production, but it is an industry in which our foreign competitors, particularly China, have a strong foothold. That is not the case with fuel-cell technologies.
We are not seeking these tax credits indefinitely, and repeat our commitment to a phase out in five years. We are medium-sized companies with finite resources. The uncertainty that this issue creates is having a chilling effect on our growth in our core businesses right now.
Fortunately, many lawmakers understand that this market disruption dampens competition and weakens our leadership in this important and growing sector. They want to level the playing field, and we have come away confident that Congress wants to get out of the business of picking winners and losers.
Time is of the essence and we need to maintain our global leadership in fuel-cell technology. We urge Congress to extend the fuel-cell investment tax credits as soon as possible.
Marsh and Sridhar are the chief executive officers of Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) and Bloom Energy respectively.