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Walmart Expands its Fuel Cell Infrastructure

Feb. 27, 2014
The deal with Plug Power includes fuel cells, hydrogen, fuel infrastructure and maintenance service.

Walmart Stores, Inc. will roll out hydrogen fuel cells for powering electric lift truck fleets at six North America distribution centers. Plug Power Inc. announced receiving the multi-site GenKey purchase order for the first of six sites to be deployed by the second quarter of 2014.

The arrangement includes:

  • Total of 1,738 fuel cell units, to be deployed over two years;
  • Infrastructure construction and hydrogen fuel supply;
  • Six-year service contract for each site.

“We are pleased with the performance of the hydrogen fuel cells that we have been operating and are excited to expand our program with Plug Power,” said Jeff Smith, senior director for Walmart Logistics.

“This agreement is a tripling of Walmart’s commitment to Plug Power’s fuel cells, and is encouraging because it comes from a company with so much experience using our product,” added Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power.

Walmart currently has 535 GenDrive fuel cell units in operation at sustainable refrigerated distribution centers, including two sites in Canada and one in the United States.

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