Amazon strikes green hydrogen supply deal with Plug Power

Green hydrogen enough to power 30,000 forklifts or 800 heavy-duty trucks used in long haul transportation annually will be provided

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Amazon has signed an agreement with Plug Power to use green hydrogen to power some of its operations.

The latter company will supply 10,950 tons of green hydrogen per year for Amazon’s transportation and building operations starting in 2025, replacing diesel and other fossil fuels as it works to decarbonise its operations.

Plug Power will provide enough green hydrogen annually to power for 30,000 forklifts or 800 heavy-duty trucks used in long haul transportation.

More than 70 fulfilment centres currently have hydrogen storage and dispensing systems, which are used to power more than 15,000 fuel cell forklifts, with plans to increase the figure to 20,000 across 100 fulfilment centres by 2025.

The latest partnership follows Amazon recently announcing it has invested in two companies developing electrolyser technology to increase green hydrogen production.

Kara Hurst, Vice President of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon said: “Amazon is proud to be an early adopter of green hydrogen given its potential to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors like long-haul trucking, steel manufacturing, aviation and ocean shipping.

“We are relentless in our pursuit to meet our Climate Pledge commitment to be net zero carbon across our operations by 2040 and believe that scaling the supply and demand for green hydrogen, such as through this agreement with Plug Power, will play a key role in helping us achieve our goals.”