The alliance between Praxair and Powertech is expected to provide cost-effective hydrogen fueling to fill a growing need. In 2002, Powertech designed and built 700-bar fast-fill hydrogen fueling station, and has since designed, built and installed a host of technically advanced mobile and permanent high-pressure vehicle fueling systems.

Scott Sanderude, vice president of marketing and business development of tndustrial gases business unit at Praxair, North America, said: ”Praxair and Powertech bring many years of combined experience and expertise in both hydrogen supply and fueling equipment to successfully meet the growing needs of these leading-edge customers.”

Eamonn Percy, president of PowerTech, said: ”Powertech is a leader in providing clean energy consulting, testing and systems solutions.

”Distribution centers with large materials handling fleets are realizing the benefits of hydrogen fuel-cell powered forklifts. This alliance will help increase their productivity while potentially decreasing costs associated with operating traditional battery-powered forklifts.”