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Collaboration with ElringKlinger for fuel cell power in logistic centers and ports

ElringKlinger AG supplied three fuel cell stacks in total to be incorporated into various applications by system integrator The realized prototype in a Terberg terminal tractor is used for container and material handling in ports and logistics centers as well as planned use in water taxi at Port of Rotterdam. More far-reaching collaboration covering the supply of additional fuel cell stacks is currently under negotiation
ElringKlinger hydrogen fuel cells to be used in hydrogen fuel cell system

The first stack supplied by ElringKlinger includes 260 cells and was tested and configured by on a rig for the purpose of integrating it into fuel cell systems. As a next step, a passive hydrogen recirculation unit was also supplied by the company. Working on this basis, then fitted its fuel cell system – including ElringKlinger’s stack and recirculation unit – to a demonstration vehicle developed by the Dutch manufacturer Terberg Special Vehicles; it is used in a terminal tractor for container and material handling in ports and logistics centers.

A second ElringKlinger stack is to be used in the same area of application following the completion of tests by with regard to downstream system integration. It, too, is to be deployed in a Terberg terminal tractor used for container and material handling in ports and logistics centers. Additionally, ElringKlinger has provided with a fuel cell stack with 300 cells, including hydrogen recirculation unit. Subsequent to testing, this unit is to be fitted to a water taxi operated in the port of Rotterdam.

The two parties to the contract are looking to pursue their collaborative efforts based on their accomplishments to date and are currently engaged in negotiations with regard to additional fuel cell stacks of a new generation, which are to be supplied to in the coming years for subsequent integration into fuel cell systems.

The compact stacks are based on proton-exchange membrane (PEM) technology and convert chemical into electrical energy using hydrogen and oxygen.

About Fuel Cell Technology:

Fuel cell stacks are suitable above all for mobile applications with a long range and cyclical operation. Apart from vehicles such as buses and cars, PEMFC stacks can also be used for mobile industrial applications, e.g., in commercial vehicles and fork lift trucks. In addition, the hydrogen-based propulsion unit is also suitable for trains, ships, or aircraft