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Mon Nov 10, 2014, 01:18 PM

Honda goes renewable with fuel cell forklifts

10 November 2014

A research effort involving Briggs Equipment and Honda has seen the development a hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck that relies entirely on renewable energy sources.

The new system developed at Honda's Swindon manufacturing facility generates hydrogen from solar power via an on-site electrolyser, ensuring that energy inputs are all clean and renewable with zero emissions...

...Close said: "The benefits are clear. Gone are the big lead-acid batteries and their need for space, replacement and maintenance. Maintenance alone is around one-and-a-half times lower. Productivity is also clearly a plus factor, allowing cost benefits to begin to stack up.

"There is also the potential to replace diesel engines and avoid an ever tightening legislative determination to bear down on NOx and particulate emissions, plus the potential price and supply volatility of hydrocarbons fuels."
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Related: Hydrogen fuel becomes a practical reality
Nov 03, 2014 by Peter MacLeod

ITV Presenter Rebecca Broxton walks through Honda's new SolarPark in Swindon, UK

The launch of the UKs first commercial-scale hydrogen production and refuelling facility powered by solar energy heralds the dawn of an era of true carbon-free fuel.

The gas will be generated at Honda UK's manufacturing plant in Swindon at the rate of 20 tonnes per year using a process called solar hydrolysis, whereby Hydrogen will be produced from water using the heat of the sun, and used initially to power a pair of forklifts, a fleet of commercial vehicles, and an education centre situated alongside the filling station...MORE

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