Uline adopts hydrogen for DC equipment

by MM&D Online Staff

LATHAM, NY—Uline will deploy more than 130 GenDrive units, including GenDrive fuel cells, GenFuel hydrogen storage & delivery infrastructure, and GenCare maintenance service, in two of its twelve facilities that are located across the US, Canada and Mexico.

The initial deployment of GenDrive units will be powering the forklift fleet at one of Uline’s distribution centres in Pleasant Prairie, Wiconsin. Additionally, Uline will deploy a second fleet of GenDrive-powered lift trucks into a newly constructed facility in the coming months.

Uline distributes from twelve branches located across the US, Canada and Mexico.

Uline will operate more than 130 GenDrive units between the two facilities. Additionally, Plug Power will expand the existing GenFuel liquid system used for the currently operational pilot in Pleasant Prairie into a full liquid system including eight dispensers.

This infrastructure leverages Plug Power’s new GenFuel construction process where a significant portion of the hydrogen infrastructure is built onsite at Plug Power’s facility and shipped to the site for installation. By building the equipment in-house, Plug Power can deliver these systems more cost effectively with industry leading lead times.

Uline will realize efficiency and environmental benefits by implementing a hydrogen and fuel cell solution. The new system will require a fraction of the floor space of a traditional battery handling system and hydrogen fuel cells emit only heat and water as emissions.

“I’m excited to announce Uline as a new Plug Power GenKey customer,” said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. “Plug Power’s solutions deliver upon the promise of increased productivity, an attribute strongly valued by industry leaders like Uline.  We look forward to helping them grow and expand their business.”