02 November 2011

Renewable Energy Focus

A new report from Fuel Cells 2000 highlights 34 corporate customers in the US that have installed, deployed, or purchased more than 250 fuel cell power systems and hundreds of backup power units – totaling more than 30 MW of power capacity – in the past year. This is in addition to more than 1000 fuel cell powered forklifts.

Fuel Cells 2000, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, has published a new report, The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2011: Energizing America"s Top Companies. The report profiles 24 new corporate fuel cell customers, and revisits 10 companies that have installed or ordered additional systems for several North American locations since last year.

"Companies are collectively saving millions of dollars in electricity costs, while reducing carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons per year, using fuel cell forklifts and power systems," says Jennifer Gangi, Program Director at Fuel Cells 2000.

"The US is the world leader in both fuel cell forklift deployments and combined heat and power (CHP) installations, with both markets dominated by American fuel cell manufacturers, helping to provide jobs and opportunities for export," continues Gangi. "All the companies profiled in this report are using fuel cells from suppliers with headquarters in the US."

Last year, Fuel Cells 2000 profiled 38 companies that collectively ordered, deployed, or installed 15 MW of stationary power, 1000 fuel cell powered forklifts, and 600 fuel cell backup power units.

The new 2011 report includes 24 new customers, and 10 previously profiled companies that have purchased additional units.

Companies leading the charge with fuel cell deployment include:

Walmart: 6.8 MW at 17 stores, plus 70+ forklifts.
Coca-Cola: 2.1 MW at four locations, plus 72 forklifts at two bottling facilities.
Sysco: 500+ forklifts at multiple locations, with several hundred more on order.
Whole Foods Market: 1.2 MW at four grocery stores, plus 60+ forklifts.
"Fuel cells are not only helping businesses boost their environmental and economic bottom lines, they are also providing a much-needed assist to American manufacturing," says Gangi.

"Newcomers like NBCUniversal, Kroger, and Kaiser Permanente and repeat customers such as Coca-Cola, Walmart, and AT&T are helping keep the US at the head of the pack in the clean technology market."

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