Publication DetailsTitle : Full Fuel-Cycle Comparison of Forklift Propulsion Systems
Publication Date : October 01, 2008
Authors : L. Gaines, A. Elgowainy, M. Wang
Abstract : This report examines forklift propulsion systems and addresses the potential energy and environmental implications of substituting fuel-cell propulsion for existing technologies based on batteries and fossil fuels. Industry data and the Argonne GREET model are used to estimate full fuelcycle emissions and use of primary energy sources, back to the primary feedstocks for fuel production. Also considered are other environmental concerns at work locations. The benefits derived from using fuel-cell propulsion are determined by the sources of electricity and hydrogen. In particular, fuel-cell forklifts using hydrogen made from the reforming of natural gas had lower impacts than those using hydrogen from electrolysis.