Green energy company ITM Power is celebrating securing European Union approval for hi-tech fuel cells that could revolutionise the way pallet and fork lift trucks and airport baggage handling equipment is powered.
The Sheffield company, which specialises in developing equipment that stores energy from renewable sources by using it to generate hydrogen, has gained crucial CE approval for fuel cells developed by US-based partner Infinitium.
Approval means ITM can now offer a turnkey solution including on-site hydrogen generation, refueling and fuel cell systems for materials handling equipment users.
ITM and Infinuitium signed a deal last year which made the Sheffield firm the exclusive European importer and distributor for the materials handling equipment fuel cells, which are becoming increasingly popular among warehouse operators.
ITM says large warehouses have found that fuel cells are both an attractive alternative to battery-powered vehicles and an effective way of extending the range of the same vehicles.