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Walmart Adds Plug Power Fuel Cells To Seventh Distribution Center

PlugPowerWalmart has extended its contract with power solution provider Plug Power to add the GenKey hydrogen fuel cell power solution to a seventh distribution center. Up to 286 GenDrive fuel cell units will be added to the new site in Sterling, IL by the end of Q3 2014.

The GenKey hydrogen fuel cell power solution includes: GenDrive fuel cell units; GenFuel infrastructure construction and hydrogen fuel supply; and GenCare on-site maintenance service.

In February 2014, Plug Power rolled out 1,783 GenDrive fuel cells for forklift fleets at six Walmart distribution centers across North America.

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Plug Power deployed almost 300 GenDrive units in class-two and class-three electric lift trucks at its first location in Pottsville, PA. The fuel cell provider built and commissioned the Pottsville location’s outdoor and indoor GenFuel infrastructure in less than 13 weeks.

“The original contract deployments are proceeding, and the timely completion of the first GenFuel build helps validate our turnkey capability,” said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. “We are excited to
help Walmart realize the positive impact of GenKey in so many locations in 2014.”

GenDrive fuel cell units are currently powering electric lift truck fleets at four Walmart distribution centers in North America — two sites in the U.S. and two sites in Canada. The second Plug Power GenKey site, located in Johnstown, NY, is in the final stages of GenDrive deployment, and is already supported by an on-site GenFuel hydrogen infrastructure. 

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