Businesses of all sizes are increasingly adopting cost-effective fuel cell technology to improve electrical power reliability, increase efficiencies, and reduce carbon emissions of operations, according to The Business Case for Fuel Cells 2015: Powering Corporate Sustainability, a new report from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, compiled by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA).
In 2014 alone, small and large businesses around the country purchased or installed more than 13 MW of stationary fuel cells and deployed more than 1,000 fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles. New customers include Home Depot, Dietz & Watson, IBM, Panasonic Avionics, Johnson & Johnson, FreezPak, and Uline. Almost one quarter of the top 100 companies on the Fortune 500 list currently use fuel cells for primary or backup power generation, or to power electric material handling equipment.
Growing sales are helping to bring attention to the range of benefits and markets fuel cells can serve, with high profile corporations becoming both new and repeat customers. Fuel cells help businesses save money on labor and energy costs as well as conserve water and fuel.