Plug Power receives milestone order from Walmart

Multi-site hydrogen fuel cell deployment includes 1,738 fuel cell battery replacement units for lift trucks.

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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.

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