Plug Power fuel cells power more than just warehouse forklifts

The American company has showed off one of its newest fuel cell projects.

The manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell systems has revealed that its Plug Power fuel cells have been used for months at Albany International Airport to power FedEx airport ground equipment trucks.

The trucks have managed to survive both freezing and hot temperatures.

The FedEx airport ground equipment trucks, which are known as tuggers, have been tested for months and have successfully survived temperatures as cold as 4 degrees Fahrenheit and temperatures as hot as 90 degrees Fahrenheit, reports Albany Business Review.

The challenge the company now faces is to get its Plug Power fuel cells engines for airport ground equipment to market. If it manages to achieve this goal, the company will further diversify its products and move beyond its primary market, which is designing and producing fuel cell engines for forklifts in warehouses.

The company is working with Charlatte America on the current project. Charlatte America is a member of the Fayat Group and is a big manufacturer of battery-powered electric airport ground support equipment. They were responsible for building the ground support vehicles that operate on Plug Power’s zero-emission hydrogen-powered engines.

The FedEx tuggers that run on Plug Power fuel cells can tow up to 40,000 pounds.