Thursday, August 17, 2017

DLA Distribution San Joaquin, CA

A total of 20 new forklifts were fitted with fuel cells for the pilot at DLA Distribution San Joaquin, CA.

December 1, 2011 marked the official kickoff of a 2-year pilot program at DLA Distribution San Joaquin in Tracy, CA. The project aims to expand the knowledge of fuel cell costs and benefits and improve manufacturing readiness levels (MRL) for fuel cells.

In addition to replacing  20 traditional propane forklifts with new hydrogen fuel cell forklifts, this pilot features an electrolyzer, which generates hydrogen fuel on-site. The Fuel Gen 22 uses electricity to split water molecules into their component parts of hydrogen and oxygen, and is capable of generating about 21.6kg of hydrogen gas per day. Once generated, a compressor increases the hydrogen gas pressure to approximately 6800 psig.  This unit can compress up to 39kg of hydrogen per day. After compression, the hydrogen gas is pumped into on-site storage tubes to be later dispensed at the outdoor dispensing unit.

Hydrogen Storage Tanks

Once produced from the electrolyser, the hydrogen gas is compressed and stored in these tanks until it is dispensed to the fuel cell forklifts.

As of January 1, 2012, over 300 fueling events have occurred, dispensing nearly 226kg of hydrogen fuel.

The main players for this project include Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE), Air Products, Plug Power, and Proton Energy Systems. Check back for progress updates on the pilot at DLA Distribution San Joaquin.

Plug Power, one of the main players in this pilot, provided the hydrogen fuel cells.

The forklifts can refuel at this outdoor hydrogen dispensing station.