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More and more fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles are being used in warehouse, distribution centers, cold storage facilities and outdoor construction sites. Moreover, many are also being used at ports including the Port of Long Beach and the Port of Los Angeles.
For forklift fleet managers who may be interested in finding out more about fuel cell-powered forklifts, the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition in Long Beach, California may be the place to go on November 5-7, 2019. The event will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, nearby the Port of Long Beach and Port of Los Angeles. The two ports are two of the world’s largest and busiest shipping ports and close enough to the seminar for attendees to research the use of fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles.
Nuvera and its parent company, Hyster-Yale Group, are working to provide a top-loading container handler running on a fuel cell at the Port of Los Angeles. The fuel cell offers a charge to the battery of the handler to provide power. The configuration is meant to overcome problems related to the irregular break times experienced in port locations.
Ongoing trials of heavier vehicles used within the ports are currently underway, with fuel cell drayage trucks designed by Toyota and Kenmore at the Port of Long Beach. Toyota and some of its partners including FCHEA member FuelCell Energy, are also working to place new hydrogen refilling stations and power generation deployments in both ports to support the vehicles.
In addition, there will be a presentation at the seminar and exposition on how hydrogen and fuel cells are playing important roles in ports around the world. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association members and fuel cell manufacturers Plug Power and Ballard Power Systems will be featured in the morning plenary sessions and exhibit hall of the event.
There will also be general presentations concerning “The Hydrogen Economy” and “Jobs of the Future” that will include material handling equipment at the event.
Registration for the 2019 Fuel Cell Seminar is now open. For more information visit the event’s website.