ITM Power get EU approval for high tech fuel cells


27 February 2013

Sheffield, U.K.-based ITM Power has secured European Union (EU) approval for high-technology fuel cells that could revolutionize the way that pallet and fork-lift trucks and airport baggage handling equipment is powered. The company, which specializes in developing equipment that stores energy from renewable sources by using it to generate hydrogen, has gained crucial CE approval for fuel cells developed by U.S.-based partner Infintium Fuel Cell Systems Inc. A CE mark is a mandatory conformance mark for products placed on the market in the European Economic Area and signifies that a product has met EU consumer safety, health and environmental requirements. In the case of the Infintium Fuel Cell System, CE requires conformance with the Pressure Equipment, EMC and Low Voltage Directives. Approval means that ITM can now offer a turnkey solution including on-site hydrogen generation, refuelling and fuel cell systems for materials handling equipment users. In 2012, ITM and Infintium signed a deal which made the Sheffield firm the exclusive European importer and distributor for the materials handling equipment fuel cells, which are becoming increasingly popular among warehouse operators. ITM said that large warehouses have found that fuel cells are both an attractive alternative to battery-powered vehicles and an effective way of extending the range of the same vehicles.

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