Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!

Plug Power receives milestone order from Walmart

Multi-site hydrogen fuel cell deployment includes 1,738 fuel cell battery replacement units for lift trucks.
By Modern Materials Handling Staff
February 26, 2014

Plug Power has announced a multi-site purchase order from Walmart Stores, Inc. to roll out its hydrogen fuel cell solution to power electric lift truck fleets at six North America distribution centers.

The first of six sites will be deployed by the second quarter of 2014. Further purchase order terms for the multi-site order include: a total of 1,738 GenDrive fuel cell units, to be deployed over two years; GenFuel infrastructure construction and hydrogen fuel supply; six-year GenCare service contract for each site.

“We are pleased with the performance of the hydrogen fuel cells that we have been operating and are excited to expand our program with Plug Power,”said Jeff Smith, senior director for Walmart Logistics.

“This agreement is a tripling of Walmart’s commitment to Plug Power’s fuel cells, and is encouraging because it comes from a company with so much experience using our product.” said Andy Marsh, CEO at PlugPower. “This is a milestone for Plug Power and its ongoing business relationship with Walmart. Plug Power’s GenDrive products have a positive impact on the productivity of our customer’s operations. We have proven to be a trusted partner and are confident that GenKey will enhance Walmart’s material handling operations.”

Walmart currently has 535 GenDrive fuel cell units in operation at sustainable refrigerated distribution centers, including two sites in Canada and one in the United States.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

When DCs, plants, or any industrial facility needs more space, there are two basic options: going "out" by acquiring or building additional facilities, or "going up" by maximizing the cubic volume of existing facilities

PMMI connects end users and suppliers as they adapt to changing consumer demands.

Deployment of automated storage & retrieval (AS/RS) solutions has been delivering impressive improvements in labor or space savings within facilities for decades.

The total number of October shipments at 913,543 was flat compared to September, which was consistent with growth patterns in recent years, with 2014 up 2 percent, 2013 up 3 percent, and 2012 down 1 percent.

The secret to successful distribution center design is planning to make material handling equipment and software flexible and scalable.

About the Author

Josh Bond, Senior Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA