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Press Release Category Business - Trade - Imageline Release Date: June 24, 2008

Basingstoke Company Goes Green with Environmentally-Friendly Hybrid Solutions


By Imageline
June 24, 2008
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With businesses in the UK increasingly mandated to curb their carbon emissions, reduce their oil dependency and adopt responsible environmental initiatives, Linde Material Handling, a world leader in forklift production and material handling, has taken a major leap forward in providing viable eco-friendly solutions.

PR9.NET June 24, 2008 - London, UK - With businesses in the UK increasingly mandated to curb their carbon emissions, reduce their oil dependency and adopt responsible environmental initiatives, Linde Material Handling, a world leader in forklift production and material handling, has taken a major leap forward in providing viable eco-friendly solutions.

Based locally in Basingstoke, Linde has recently unveiled a series of new product designs in development that are intended for eventual use within the UK market. These designs will incorporate environmentally-friendly hybrid solutions aimed at maximising fuel efficiency.

Linde is now showcasing two different hydrogen powered drive concepts for the future, including a 39X series IC truck, the world's first forklift employing a hydrogen engine with direct injection and compressor. The concept vehicle is ready for use and with a load capacity of 3-tonnes it is designed to be highly efficient and to reach its full power rating even when operated with hydrogen.

"Whether we are using diesel, electric, bio-fuel, hydrogen or any other fuel source that reaches the market in the coming years, a fundamental means to maximize fuel use is through efficient operation," said Mark Sullivan, Product Support and Service Director for Linde in the UK. "If one truck is more efficient than another moving pallets, then less power is consumed, fleet numbers can be reduced and this in turn leads to lower costs, fewer emissions and less waste disposal."

In addition to hydrogen engines, Linde has also developed a P250 tow tractor with a hydrogen fuel cell. This vehicle is on the brink of prototype maturity for small series development and over the next seven years, Linde plans to send a total of 50 successive industrial trucks with hydrogen technology for a broad range of field tests.

"The future is hydrogen" stated Sullivan. "Either as a fuel to be fed into an internal combustion engine or used to power a fuel cell to generate electricity for an electric truck." Exactly when manufacturers will launch the first hydrogen product on the market is yet to be determined. Linde believes that hydrogen-powered trucks could be economically viable from 2015. Linde has said that the company is thoroughly committed to conducting additional research and developing further enhancements that will lead to the completion of the first truck field tests in the near future.


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Based in London, Image Line Communications is a full-scale PR, design and events firm. Image Line Communications is dedicated to finding the right communications strategy for our clients and their markets. We specialise in the maritime, logistics and supply chain sectors … and we have a wide client base ranging from multinational corporations to new businesses.

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