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.

Video Spotlight: 

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 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell technology with its distribution strategy.

2.   How does the new Dallas distribution center align with Home Depot’s sustainability strategy?

Guidance: The new Dallas distribution center will meet the growing demand of online and curbside pickup orders from customers.  The use of hydrogen fuel cell systems to power material handling equipment in the distribution center can reduce electricity consumption (1 million kWh per 100 fuel-cell-powered vehicle) and carbon dioxide emissions (400 metric tons per year).  By aligning its distribution center with its sustainability strategies, Home Depot is fulfilling its commitment to a sustainable supply chain and operations.


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