There has been much recent focus on the “going green” movement across the United States and no, this doesn’t leave out forklifts. Green forklifts have managed to cut down on the loud noise, are emissions free, and are holding up in strength. They are surprisingly fast, have a very high lifting capacity, and can be used indoors or outdoors. A recent Canadian conference honored H2i forklifts. These forklift trucks are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen is currently said to be the cleanest form of energy, as its only emission is water into the air. You may wonder what the extra water in the air will do to the atmosphere. Experts say the amount of water emitted is not enough for a meteorologist to even recognize.
Also, imagine what this will do for your workers health. The hydrogen fueled forklifts produce a longer life than a battery, have a continuous power, and emit zero emissions. With hydrogen fuel cells we can reduce our dependence on imported oil, and reduce greenhouse emissions that may contribute to climate change. With continuous power you will not experience a deterioration that you may notice in an electric forklift with a battery nearing its recharge. You will also eliminate the responsibility of storing, charging, and properly maintaining numerous lead batteries for each forklift used. Not only are they eco-friendly, they are also just as well, if not better, for productivity.
With hydrogen run forklifts, one does not have to worry about where they’re going to dispose of the battery, like you would with a used electric forklift. You also don’t have to worry about any down time in production for recharging. The hydrogen will need to be refueled once or twice a day, depending on how much you are using it, and will only take a few minutes. The hydrogen fuel can be delivered by truck by natural gas reformation, and electrolysis. Hydrogen gas prices will vary on the method used to make it. Prices are currently significantly less, and will become even more competitive with popularity in the future. Currently the cheapest way to produce hydrogen is from wind farm electricity. Forklift trucks are not the first piece of machinery to use hydrogen fuel; others include automobiles; public transportation; scooters; submarines; and other government machinery.
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