FedEx conducting tests with hydrogen fuel cell-powered GSE
29 June 2015
Hydrogen fuel cell-powered ground support equipment debuted at the Memphis International Airport, TN, during spring 2015, marking the beginning of a two-year demonstration project at Federal Express’s airport hub location. The 15-vehicle fleet is expected to save more than 175,000 gal of diesel fuel and 1,700 t of carbon dioxide during the project period, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE). The project is funded through a USD 2.5 million grant from the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), with a matching USD 2.5 million cost share from private sector partners. Plug Power, which is based in Latham, NY, provided the fuel cell systems, which were integrated into the cargo tugs of leading airport utility vehicle developer Charlatte America. The hydrogen is supplied by Plug Power’s hydrogen delivery systems. The cargo truck, which looks like a golf cart, is capable of pulling 40,000 lb of cargo without generating emissions. The DOE’s investment into hydrogen and fuel cells research and development has led to more than 500 patents, 40 commercial technologies on the market and 65 emerging technologies that are expected to hit the marketplace in three to five years.