Plug Power and Raymond demo fuel cells at UNFI

Aug. 9, 2010
In recognition of  United Natural Foods, Inc.’s adoption of fuel-cell-powered lift trucks, Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of energy solutions, and The Raymond Corporation, a global provider of material handling solutions, cut a ribbon at the site of UNFI’s application: a 352,000 square-foot distribution center in Sarasota, FL.

During a tour at this event, Plug Power and Raymond demonstrated the integration of Plug Power’s GenDrive fuel cell unit into UNFI's full fleet of Raymond electric lift trucks. In addition to eliminating time for battery charging, changing and maintenance, UNFI anticipates the use of fuel cells will be a key component in enhancing sustainability goals.

“As North America’s largest organic and natural food distributor, UNFI prides itself in its positive attitude toward building a sustainable future at the local and national levels,” said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. “UNFI understands the efficiencies that are gained by using alternative energy power solutions.”

“UNFI is the first organization to install Raymond’s new fuel cell-compatible orderpicker, which features a 21-inch battery box to easily accommodate the fuel cell,” said Frank Devlin, segment manager for Raymond. “UNFI is able to maximize the uptime of its fleet as the fuel cells maintain constant power in all working environments, specifically cold storage areas.”