Fuel Cell Powered Airport Ground Support Equipment Deployment
CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1, B5.22
Location(s): New York
Offices(s): Golden Field Office
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to provide federal funding to Plug Power Inc. (PPI) to demonstrate and analyze fuel cell electric ground support vehicles under real world conditions. PPI would partner with FedEx Express to design, retrofit and deploy 15 Charlatte CT5E airport Baggage Tow Tractors (BTTs) with their GenDrive PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel cells. Traditional BBTs operate off of diesel, gasoline, or propane engines. The proposed project would analyze reductions in petroleum usage and harmful emissions and alternative methods of supply energy for BTTs at airports with the goal of accelerating their development and commercialization of fuel cell powered ground support vehicles.