BMW Manufacturing Introduces Hydrogen Fuel Cell Material Handling Equipment

By Auto News Log • October 14th, 2010

Company’s Commitment to Sustainability Also Focused on Facilities

Spartanburg, S.C. – BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today it is implementing a new alternative fuel platform to use hydrogen fuel cells to power the plant’s material handling equipment. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts, tuggers and stackers will be used in BMW’s new assembly hall that produces the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle®.

Fuel cells take stored chemical energy, such as hydrogen in this case, and convert it into electrical energy through two internal electrochemical reactions. The only byproducts of hydrogen fuel cells are heat and water, making this energy choice more efficient than other, more conventional energy sources.

“BMW has taken another important step to affirm our global commitment to sustainability with a project such as this in Spartanburg,” said Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing. “There’s a clear vision and determination to reach our goal of using renewable energy as much as possible throughout the plant site.”

Source: BMW

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