Walmart Canada to expand hydrogen use in Alberta DC

by MM&D Online Staff

LATHAM, New York—Walmart Canada is ordering 124 GenDrive fuel cells from Plug Power for its new High Velocity Distribution Center building in Balzac, Alberta. This expansion adds on to the fleet in operation since 2010 and brings the GenDrive total upwards of 230 units at the site.

Hydrogen fuel cells provide constant and consistent power to lift trucks, eliminating the need to change and charge batteries. Additionally, as an environmentally friendly power source, hydrogen fuel cells product only heat and water as byproducts, helping users meet important sustainability targets.

Walmart Canada will also receive a GenFuel infrastructure to support the Balzac distribution center. Plug Power’s proprietary GenFuel system provides advanced diagnostics to help customers monitor fleet fueling and operational metrics. This GenFuel system will support two buildings – the new High Velocity Distribution Center and the existing Perishable Distribution Center. This is the first GenFuel installation in Canada.

“Plug Power values Walmart Canada as a client and strives to help them further their productivity improvements through the use of our hydrogen and fuel cell products,” said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. “This expansion project illuminates the success seen to date – success Plug Power intends to continue through our work with this important customer.”

Plug Power has an extensive tenure with Walmart. In the United States, Plug Power has deployed more than 1,800 GenDrive units since the relationship began in 2007. By the end of the second quarter, Walmart will be using Plug Power hydrogen fuel cells in eight distribution centres, all of which are utilizing Plug Power’s GenFuel system. Additionally, Plug Power has supported Walmart Canada with hydrogen fuel cells since 2010.

See more MM&D coverage of the Balzac DC here.