An Evaluation of the Total Cost of Ownership of Fuel Cell-Powered Material Handling Equipment

    Research output: NRELTechnical Report

    Abstract

    This report discusses an analysis of the total cost of ownership of fuel cell-powered and traditional battery-powered material handling equipment (MHE, or more typically 'forklifts'). A number of fuel cell MHE deployments have received funding support from the federal government. Using data from these government co-funded deployments, DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has beenevaluating the performance of fuel cells in material handling applications. NREL has assessed the total cost of ownership of fuel cell MHE and compared it to the cost of ownership of traditional battery-powered MHE. As part of its cost of ownership assessment, NREL looked at a range of costs associated with MHE operation, including the capital costs of battery and fuel cell systems, the cost ofsupporting infrastructure, maintenance costs, warehouse space costs, and labor costs. Considering all these costs, NREL found that fuel cell MHE can have a lower overall cost of ownership than comparable battery-powered MHE.
    Original languageAmerican English
    Number of pages37
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2013

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/TP-5600-56408

    Keywords

    • cost of ownership
    • deployment
    • early markets
    • forklifts
    • fuel cells
    • hydrogen fuel cells
    • material handling equipment
    • MHE

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