BMW Leipzig powered by IE-LIFT MHE Fuel Cell Module
Loughborough – 30th May 2022 – German automotive manufacturer, BMW, choose Intelligent Energy’s (IE) fuel cell modules to power Leipzig factory.
Intelligent Energy’s new IE-LIFT™ MHE fuel cell module is now providing zero-emission power to the AGVs that are supplying parts and materials to the production lines.
Over the past 2 years, Intelligent Energy and FES GmbH Fahrzeug-Entwicklung Sachsen (FES) with BMW Group have been working together to develop a bespoke solution for the DS Automotion built Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) in operation at the BMW Leipzig factory. The first of the AGV’s has proven successful since its first operation in January this year and will now see more AGV’s converted to hydrogen fuel cells.
Intelligent Energy’s IE-LIFT™ MHE fuel cell module has been developed for materials handling applications and is a plug and play system that can deliver improved performance in forklifts. The module delivers 1kW of constant power in a small compact module meeting Industrial truck standard IEC 62282-4-101.
The module forms the core of the bespoke power pack for the AGV’s, and the new H2 E-Pack developed by FES and being launched at LogiMAT in Stuttgart. The E-Pack meets the power needs of a range of European ‘Class 3’ trucks, enabling fleet operators to easily transition to cleaner power, with quicker refuelling time and improved truck performance.
David Fields – Head of Product Line, IE-LIFT
“I have been proud to be part of this project from the first discussions in 2020. All parties have worked hard to develop a reliable package and pleased to see the first units operating on the Leipzig production line. Our IE-LIFT™ MHE module will help companies switch to fuel cell powered MHE on the factory floor or in warehouses.”
Stefan Hanisch-Meinel – Project Manager, FES GmbH Fahrzeug-Entwicklung Sachsen
“The modularity of our product, the H2 E-Pack including Intelligent Energy’s great IE-LIFT™, allowed us to implement the system in the BMW AGV in a very short development time. We are proud to be able to contribute to the expansion of the climate neutrality of the BMW Group plant in Leipzig.”
About Intelligent Energy
Intelligent Energy is focused on the development and manufacture of its Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for customers in the automotive, aerospace, generator, telecoms, materials handling and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sectors. The company is headquartered and manufactures in Loughborough in the UK, with additional offices and representation in the US, Japan, China and South Korea.