Fuel Cells Built for Big Machines

Modine Manufacturing was awarded a contract with Vehicle Projects of Denver to supply thermal management hardware for a fuel cell demonstration project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The $8.6 million project will develop, manufacture, and demonstrate a mine loader powered by a fuel cell, along with associated metal-hydride storage and refueling hardware.

August 26, 2004 [] Goals for the project are to develop a 23 metric ton, 160 kW fuel cell-battery hybrid mine loader, which could eventually be used in various mines in North America. The mine loader has to fit in tight spaces, and travel up to one thousand feet underground. Fuel Cell technology is appealing in this instance because it is emission-free and environmentally friendly.