Just as the final weeks of 2022 were playing out, news emerged from Pennsylvania-based PDC Machines that it had kicked-off operations at its onsite hydrogen refuelling system for forklift trucks at Mitsubishi Gas Chemical’s Niigata Plant in Japan.
The SimpleFuel™ refuelling system offers onsite hydrogen generation, storage, and dispensing, producing high purity fuel cell-grade green hydrogen, to power up to seven fuel cell forklifts at the Mitsubishi plant.
In many ways it felt like a story that was a long time in-the-making. Not only has Japan been a hydrogen market building out for some time now, but PDC Machines has long been establishing its own technologies and footprint in the hydrogen space, from compression technologies through to full refuelling and dispense.
Indeed, at the time of the launch of the SimpleFuel product in 2019, Kareem Afzal, Partner and Vice-President of PDC Machines, said, “The SimpleFuel™ product is aimed at addressing specific needs of the hydrogen infrastructure in the automotive and industrial mobility applications.
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