November 15, 2013

Plug Power has received $500,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to evaluate replacing diesel generators with hydrogen fuel cells for powering transport refrigeration units (TRUs) on trailers hauled by trucks that deliver perishable goods.

NYSERDA selected Plug Power to develop a fuel cell and interconnect hardware, which provides connection to refrigeration unit equipment, based on its GenDrive fuel cell architecture. For the one-year demonstration project, the Plug Power TRU fuel cell will power a Carrier Transicold refrigeration unit for the Sysco distribution center in Long Island, NY, for 12 months. Air Products will supply the hydrogen.

Plug Power says the trial’s success will open the door to hydrogen fuel cell expansion into the refrigerated transport market.

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