Air Liquide has been chosen by FM Logistic, an international group whose expertise lies in logistics and supply chains, to provide support for its projected deployment of hydrogen-powered forklift trucks. At the Neuville-aux-Bois logistics platform, located near the city of Orléans (France), Air Liquide installed a hydrogen charging station that will initially service 10 forklifts equipped with hydrogen fuel cells.

Eventually, the site’s 84 forklifts could switch to hydrogen, which would make it the first logistics hub in Europe to convert its entire fleet of forklift trucks to hydrogen.

The use of hydrogen at logistics hubs was first developed in the US and Canada, with more than 6,000 forklift trucks so far that run on hydrogen. The busy Neuville-aux-Bois (70 000 sq.m.) facility in France has been chosen to serve as the pilot platform.

Other FM Logistic hubs could be similarly equipped in the future, gasworld understands.