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Hydrogen fuel cell solutions main focus at new Sysco warehouse
The new facility also houses Air Products' hydrogen technology and fueling infrastructure that allows the company to receive liquid hydrogen fuel, convert it to a gaseous state, and then dispense it into the fuel cells through two hydrogen fuel pumps located in the new warehouse. The fueling dispensers are strategically located to optimize operator time and improve efficiency.

The events included presentations by Sysco executives, the Department of Energy, and the Greenspoint District, as well as demonstrations of the technology by Sysco partners Plug Power and Air Products.

"Sysco is committed to energy and operational efficiency, and consistently strives to find a greener way of doing business," said Larry Pulliam, Executive Vice President, Foodservice Operations for Sysco. "We are proud to introduce our first installation without battery infrastructure for a pallet truck fleet, and hope that this may lead to further conversions at other facilities."

This cost-shared hydrogen fuel cell project includes a grant provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home.

Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. The company operates 186 distribution facilities serving approximately 400,000 customers. For the fiscal year 2009 that ended June 27, 2009, the company generated more than $36 billion in sales.

Sysco Houston's distribution facility is at 10710 Greens Crossing Boulevard in North Houston.

The mission of the Fuel Cell Technologies Program is to research, develop, and validate fuel cells and hydrogen production, delivery, and storage technologies for transportation and stationary applications. The objectives of the program are to: dramatically reduce dependence on foreign oil; promote the use of diverse, domestic, and sustainable energy resources; reduce carbon emissions from energy production and consumption; and increase the reliability and efficiency of electricity generation. The Fuel Cell Technologies Program is part of the DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The architects of modern fuel cell technology, Plug Power revolutionized the industry with cost-effective power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints. Long-standing relationships with industry leaders forged the path for our key accounts, including Sysco, Wegmans, Whole Foods, and FedEx Freight. With more than 1,000 units in the field and over 1.5 million hours of runtime, Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today.