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Accession Number DE2013-1076655
Title Evaluation of the Total Cost of Ownership of Fuel Cell- Powered Material Handling Equipment.
Publication Date Apr 2013
Media Count 37p
Personal Author T. Ramsden
Abstract Although fuel cell electric vehicles are still are in a pre-commercialization phase, hydrogen fuel cells currently are being used commercially in early market applications such as material handling and backup power. These early commercialization fuel cell deployments are helping improve hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and expanding their market potential. Fuel cell systems look particularly promising as replacements for batteries in material handling equipment (MHE, or more typically forklifts) in warehouse applications where operations extend for two or three shifts each day. In such applications, batteries generally need to be charged and replaced one or more times each day, which complicates logistics and increases overall labor costs. Fuel cell MHE have zero emissions, can operate for more than 12 hours without performance degradation, and can be fueled in minutes, making fuel cells an attractive alternative to conventional battery systems.
Keywords Costs
Electric batteries
Electric vehicles
Fuel cells
Material handling equipment

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 97O - Miscellaneous Energy Conversion & Storage
97M - Batteries & Components
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1321
Contract Number DE-AC36-08GO28308

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