SRH Hamm University Researching the Use of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Forklifts for Mercedes-Benz

By February 17, 2020 2   min read  (356 words)

February 17, 2020 |

SRH Hamm Fuel Cell Forklift Research

The SRH University in Hamm further strengthens its pioneering role in researching logistical solutions in the area of ​​climate-friendly mobility. 

More and more large companies have recognized the importance of logistical aspects in technical development and rely on SRH Hamm’s many years of expertise in this area.

In its research project “Mercedes-Benz  Plant Goes Green ”, which is supported by SRH Hamm University of Applied Sciences, the automobile plant in Düsseldorf is investigating the use of fuel cell forklifts over a longer period of time. After the completion of the first phase, the second phase of the project, which is aimed at 2.5 years, is now about researching the use of hydrogen-powered emission-free forklifts, which are mainly used in closed rooms, for cost-effectiveness and a positive environmental balance. The university has hired a research scientist for this project to take over the knowledge and knowledge transfer with the project partner and to provide information about research progress and progress.

“We are very pleased that the automobile manufacturer is continuing to take the path with us and is thus promoting hydrogen mobility in the political discussion,” said the Dean in charge of the project, Technology, and Economics, Prof. Dr. Claus Wilke. The biggest stumbling block for such forward-looking technologies is the investment in the necessary infrastructure. For self-contained systems such as intralogistics in companies, this is the best way to use them. “This is where the experience can be gathered that is useful for further expansion. Through the accompanying research, the SRH Hamm makes a valuable contribution within the framework of its logistical and energy-economic competencies. “Prof. Wilke continues. The first results were positive,

SRH Hamm University of Applied Sciences has already demonstrated its expertise in the development of climate-friendly logistics concepts in various research projects. For example, a recent study on inner-city electromobility (ICEM – Intracity E-Mobility) was able to demonstrate that the majority of the daily delivery volume in inner-city areas is realized through the establishment of several decentralized so-called micro-hubs and through electrically driven cargo bicycles and electric trucks can be.


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