Home Depot’s Dallas DC: Running on Hydrogen

Home Depot’s Dallas DC: Running on Hydrogen

Home Depot is partnering with Plug Power to build a 1.5 million square foot distribution center in Dallas, Texas.  The new distribution center will use Plug Power’s zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems to power material handling equipment such as forklifts.

The fuel cell systems also become the infrastructure for storing, compressing, and dispensing hydrogen fuel.  The partnership is heralded as a fulfillment of Home Depot’s sustainability commitment to its supply chain and operations.


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This post is based on the Hydrogen Fuel News article, Home Depot to build zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell powered Dallas distribution center, by Angie Bergenson,  February 18, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Syda Productions/Shutterstock

Discussion Questions:

1. What is Home Depot’s sustainability strategy and goal?

Guidance: Home Depot’s sustainability strategy is to reduce the environmental footprint for its supply chain and operations.  The goal is to leverage the value and environmental advantage of Continue reading

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GM and Navistar Partnership Is Fueled by Hydrogen

GM and Navistar Partnership Is Fueled by Hydrogen

GM is providing hydrogen fuel cells for a fleet of Navistar Inc.’s semi trucks.

J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., will run the fuel-cell powered trucks on dedicated routes in 2022. The hydrogen is sourced from One H2 Inc.  These companies’ collaboration is making zero-emission long-haul transportation a reality.


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This post is based on the Detroit News article, GM partnering with Navistar on hydrogen fuel cell semi trucks, by Kalea Hall, January 27, 2021, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Comstock Images / Alamy

Discussion Questions:

1.  Why are GM, Navistar, One H2, and J.B. Hunt collaborating in developing fuel-cell powered semi trucks?

Guidance: The fuel-cell powered semi truck represents an ecosystem solution for zero-emission long-haul transportation.  It also demonstrates the companies’ commitment to environmental sustainability as a collective effort.

2.  What supply chain roles do GM, Navistar, One H2, and J.B. Hunt play in developing fuel-cell powered semi trucks?

Guidance: GM will supply the Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes as well as thermal and power management systems for Navistar’s semi trucks.  One H2 Continue reading

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Reducing Emissions From Burps to Burgers

Reducing Emissions From Burps to Burgers

October 5, 2020

Fifty years ago, the Economist Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine in which he stated that organizations cannot have “social responsibility”; only individuals can.  The role of a private corporation is to maximize shareholder value while acting ethically and within legal constraints.

Today, business leaders increasingly have a larger viewpoint of their responsibilities, referring to “stakeholders”, which includes customers, suppliers, employees and communities in which they operate.  On occasion, the sometimes disparate goals overlap, and a company can do good while also serving shareholder interests.  The use of Agolin as a natural feed additive represents one such example.

Livestock represent a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, at 14.5% of global emissions (2/3 from cattle).  With the U.S. representing the world’s largest beef consumer, American cattle herds’ burping and flatulence represent a big share of pollution.

Agolin is a natural feed additive that inhibits animal gas and may increase production.  Already demonstrated with growing use in Europe, American farmers are just starting to experiment with the new feed as new competitors enter a market poised to reach $1 – 2+ billion by 2030 (or faster by other estimates). Continue reading

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