Munich, 12/10/2010: The technology group The Linde Group will provide the BMW Manu­facturing Co. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a hydrogen fuelling system for its material handling fleet. An according agreement was signed in mid-August 2010. More than 85 pieces of material handling equipment are having their lead acid batteries replaced with hydrogen fuel cells. The trucks deliver process parts to assembly areas throughout the plant. After the conversion this part of BMW’s internal logistics will be completely emission-free. Refuelling at the six indoor dispenser stations will be facilitated by Linde’s Ionic Compressor fuelling system, combining high efficiency and high throughput with low-maintenance costs and low noise compression. The hydrogen supplied to BMW, a by-product of a chemical plant, is purified, compressed and liquefied by Linde using electricity produced from renewable hydropower.

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