Linde North America has provided hydrogen fueling systems to BMW Manufacturing Co.'s facility in Spartanburg, S.C., where a fleet of 230 hydrogen fuel cell material-handling vehicles now operate. Plug Power Inc. provided the fuel-cell systems for the lifts and trucks at the 4 million square-foot plant.
BMW is using Linde's Ionic Compressor fueling system, which is in wide circulation in Europe for car and bus refueling. Linde first supplied hydrogen fueling infrastructure – six indoor dispenser stations – to BMW in 2010. A recent expansion added two new higher-throughput compressors, new storage tubes and distribution piping, and eight new hydrogen dispensers.
‘Linde is proud that BMW displayed the confidence in Linde to supply the hydrogen fueling systems for its expansion program,’ says Mike Beckman, vice president of Linde's hydrogen fueling segment in the U.S. ‘It proves that our technology can help advance sustainability and lower emissions while also helping to improve the bottom line.’
BMW Manufacturing, a subsidiary of BMW AG, produces the X3, X5 and X6 in Spartanburg.