Using fueling technology provided by the Linde Group, the BMW Manufacturing Co. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina recently marked more than 1 million fills for its materials handling equipment using Linde-produced hydrogen fueling stations.
Companies all over the world use fueling technology provided by the Linde Group, an engineering company based in New Jersey.
"This is the most hydrogen fills at a single location anywhere in the world," Mike Beckman, VP of Hydrogen Fueling-Linde North America, said."We are truly proud to reach this impressive milestone at the BMW plant. Equally important is that our technology can help advance sustainability and lower emissions while also helping to improve the bottom line. Hydrogen is one of the most promising alternative fuels because it is safe, economic and efficient."
Linde technology is used to fuel the BMW plant's entire hydrogen-fueled fleet, which includes 350 forklifts. Before switching over to hydrogen fueling, the forklifts were powered with lead acid batteries. This increases productivity because it takes less time to re-fuel a forklift than to change a battery. The performance of the plant's equipment is also enhanced.
Additionally, the plant no longer has to pay to dispose of batteries. Electricity costs have also decreased because the company no longer has to power battery chargers.
Using Linde technology makes it easier for BMW to practice sustainability, BMW Group VP of Operations for the Americas Region Duncan Seaman said.
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