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2013: BMW Manufacturing In SC Starts Expanding their Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklift Fleet

BMW Manufacturing Expands Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Spartanburg, SC - 03/13/2013

BMW Manufacturing announced today the successful expansion of the company’s hydrogen fuel-cell material handling equipment across its 4.0 million square foot production facility. In 2010, BMW completed the installation of a hydrogen storage and distribution area near the plant’s Energy Center to power about 100 pieces of fuel cell material handling equipment. Since that time, the company has more than doubled its hydrogen-fuel cell fleet to approximately 230 units to service the entire plant’s production and logistics functions.

"Continuing their commitment to sustainability"

“BMW continues to complement its sustainable production model by adding alternative, efficient technology, said Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing. “Successful implementation, and ultimately expansion, of our hydrogen fuel cell material handling fleet has provided a sustainable energy source that exceeds our expectations.”

"Hydrogen is greener compared to lead acid batteries..."
- Cleveland Beaufort, BMW

The additional usage of the hydrogen fuel cell system was executed by adding two new higher-capacity compressors, new storage tubes and distribution piping, and eight new hydrogen dispensers. The expanded system will deliver at least 400kg of Hydrogen per day. BMW estimates that the expanded system will avoid 4.1 million kw/hours per year, up from 1.8 million kw hours/year for the initial hydrogen fuel cell system.

BMW also released a project update to the Landfill Gas-to-Hydrogen Pilot Project. The first phase of the study, that validated the economic and technical feasibility, began in July 2011. The project has now successfully moved to the second phase of methane-to-hydrogen conversion. The project team, led by South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), is implementing and testing equipment that will monitor the hydrogen purity. To do this, BMW has installed a clean-up system that takes a stream of landfill gas (post-siloxane removal), removes the sulfur and trace contaminants and, ultimately, produces hydrogen via a Steam Methane Reformer (SMR)...

How It's Made: Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Related: BMW ushers in Future eDrive Experience with Hydrogen-Powered 5 Series GT

BMW seem to be emerging as a leader in tackling the challenges of meeting the ever-increasing demands for alternative auto fuel sources. The German automobile giant at the recently held Innovation Days 2015 in France unveiled its all new and enhanced BMW Hydrogen-Powered 5 Series GT which was co-developed with Toyota.

So, what makes the all-new 5 Series GT stand apart? With a staggering 245 horsepower, it can easily go up to 300 miles with its massive tank capacity, claims to offer zero emission and most importantly, it shuns the lengthy cell charge time usually associated with other electric cars.

It all began in the year 2013 when Toyota and BMW first came together for their visionary FCEV venture with a common aim of rolling down approved components by the year 2020 and sales to kick in by the next decennium...

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