Oorja Protonics Unveils Ultra-Powerful OorjaPac, an Innovative Onboard Methanol-Based Fuel Cell Charger for Material Handling Vehicles Announces Customer Success in Pilot Program With NUMMI

OorjaPac by Oorja Protonics Presents Affordable Onboard Battery Charging System for Electric Forklifts, Pallet Loaders, and Other Material Handling Equipment

FREMONT, Calif.--()--Following three years of development and customer trial programs, Oorja Protonics (Oorja), the San Francisco Bay Area based leader in ultra-powerful methanol fuel cell technology has revealed its first commercial product offering, OorjaPac.

OorjaPac is a breakthrough onboard charging system for forklifts, pallet loaders, and other material handling vehicles and charges their batteries both while they operate and under idling conditions. OorjaPac addresses a number of critical problems faced by the material handling vehicle users. These include:

  • Low runtime with batteries on a single charge, resulting in the need to purchase and maintain multiple batteries per vehicle and conduct multiple battery swaps in order to get through one full day of operation
  • Significant vehicle and labor downtime during non productive activities such as battery swapping, resulting in reduced operational productivity
  • Reduced battery life due to inadequate charging and cooling processes
  • High operational costs associate with the incumbent approach, namely maintaining real estate for battery swapping/charging rooms and the labor associated with the battery swapping process

Operating as an onboard battery charger, OorjaPac addresses all of these concerns and provides a compelling ROI. OorjaPac provides sufficient energy for a two-shift operation on a single four-gallon liquid methanol canister with refueling taking less than two minutes. The net result is an operation with increased productivity and reduced capital and operational expenditure.

Pilot programs with Fortune 50 customers have confirmed what material handling managers have long desired: realize time, labor and cost saving by cutting the cord on existing grid-dependent technology. OorjaPac users can expect payback within 18-24 months of installation.

OorjaPac represents a quantum leap forward in affordable fuel cell technology, said Sanjiv Malhotra, Founder and CEO of Oorja Protonics. This patented direct methanol fuel cell is ideally suited for resource and time constrained environments where material handling equipment such as forklifts and pallet loaders are used. Our product is well positioned to displace compressed gas and plug-in battery systems as the technology of choice in a multi-billion dollar market.

OorjaPac has successfully demonstrated in a variety of markets and applications, including:

  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Distribution Centers
  • Aviation
  • Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

One such customer is the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. - a joint manufacturing facility shared by General Motors and Toyota (NUMMI). Ernesto Gonzalez-Beltran, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing Operations at NUMMI had this to say, In an increasingly competitive global market, savings of even minutes can scale dramatically. OorjaPac is an undeniable technological advance in that it helps us eliminate literally hours of non-productive down time while reducing our plants carbon footprint. We are very pleased with the results of our partnership with Oorja over the last fifteen months during which weve had the opportunity to test several generations of their product at our facility. OorjaPac is a tremendous win-win proposition for the automotive and other heavy manufacturing industry.

Our customers, which include global tier-1 production facilities and distribution centers, couldnt be happier with the results they have already realized in real-world pilot programs and are already ramping up for a much larger rollout of OorjaPac powered equipment, said Malhotra. We are confident that these results will be just as dramatic for our growing base of new OorjaPac users for 2008 and beyond.

Additional information on Oorja Protonics and the OorjaPac can be found at Oorjas recently launched public website at http://www.oorjaprotonics.com or by contacting Oorja Protonics at:

Oorja Protonics
40923 Encyclopedia Circle
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 687-9501

About Oorja Protonics

Oorja designs, develops, and manufacturers the most powerful direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) in the world. In development for three years and on its fifth generation of technology, Oorjas products are customer proven, reliable, affordable, and available today. Oorjas customers include Fortune 50 OEMs, retailers, automotive manufacturers, logistics providers, and food processing companies. Founded in 2005, Oorja is a privately held company and is backed by venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and DAG Ventures.

Contacts

Oorja Protonics
David Vespremi, 510-687-9501
DVespremi@oorjaprotonics.com

Contacts

Oorja Protonics
David Vespremi, 510-687-9501
DVespremi@oorjaprotonics.com