Nuvera Fuel Cells (Cambridge, Mass.) announced today that it will supply The Toro Company (Bloomington, Minn.) with a PowerFlow PFV-5 fuel cell system for integration into a Toro Workman utility vehicle. The Workman is used for a number of applications, including turf care and facility maintenance.
The Nuvera -powered Workman is being developed under a contract between Toro and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to create the next generation of turf maintenance equipment powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The vehicle will be demonstrated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as part of its award winning “Green Parks Program,” The vehicle will operate at the Niagara Falls State Park and Beaver Island State Park and Golf Course, where it will be used to haul turf materials, assist with refuse and snow removal, and perform other tasks at the Park.
“This project is a logical extension of our strategy and ongoing innovation, and provides us with an opportunity to gain greater operational experience in hydrogen fuel cells,” stated Dana Lonn, director of Toro’s Center for Advanced Turf Technology.
Nuvera supplied Toro with an H2eTM fuel cell power module, the predecessor to PowerFlow, in late 2004 during Toro’s early evaluation of fuel cell technology.
“We are delighted to continue our work with Toro in the industrial utility vehicle industry,” stated Gus Block, Global Market Leader for PowerFlow. “PowerFlow can withstand the rugged conditions that the Workman will face in any number of its daily activities, making it the perfect environmentally-friendly power source.”
Source: Nuvera Fuel Cells