Asda is set to become the first UK retailer to use hydrogen fuel cell technology to power operations in its warehouses across the country.
Asda has partnered with Plug Power to install its hydrogen fuel cells across its 30 UK distribution centres, starting with its facility in Skelmersdale.
Plug Power’s zero emission hydrogen engines will power Asda’s forklift truck fleet, which are used to handle material and goods across its extensive supply chain.
By replacing the traditional lead acid batteries Asda hopes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 120kg per year on each site the technology is installed.
The fuel cells will also reduce electricity usage by 300,000KWh every year.
It forms part of Asda’s wider “Project Gigaton” initiative in which it plans to remove more than 1 billion tonnes of emissions globally.
“Asda is dedicated to being the world’s most trusted retailer, and sustainability is a big part of that,” general manager of Asda’s Skelmersdale distribution centre Darren Pettener said.
“We’ve seen firsthand what a difference hydrogen fuel cell adoption has made for our parent company. There are good reasons why Walmart, which has been a leader in supply chain innovation for decades, has chosen to build the largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric vehicles in the world.
“We’re eager to realize the proven environmental and productivity benefits of fuel cell adoption in our operations at Asda.”