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Advance Launches First-of-its-Kind Fuel Cell-Powered Industrial Floor Cleaning Machine

Nilfisk-Advance Group has introduced the first fuel cell-powered industrial combination sweeper-scrubber.

Plymouth, MN – February 11, 2013

The Advance CS7000TM Combination Sweeper-Scrubber Fuel Cell unit was unveiled by Nilfisk-Advance's U.S. President & General Manager Jeff Barna at the ProMat 2013 Expo in Chicago. This innovative machine responds to the growing industrial demand for cost-effective, alternative fuel solutions.

"Our industrial customers have asked for sustainable cleaning solutions coupled with Advance's proven track record of great performance and enhanced productivity. This first-of-its-kind fuel cell-powered unit provides a sweeper-scrubber solution for customers who have already invested in fuel cell technology, allowing them to further leverage their fuel cell investment and infrastructure," said Barna.

"Advance's goal is to always deliver best-in-industry products and customer service so fuel cell technology users can now meet their industrial cleaning needs, while utilizing their own hydrogen fuel-cell infrastructure."

Advance Sweeper-Scrubber Operating solely on hydrogen, the innovative fuel cell-powered Advance CS7000 provides enhanced efficiency, productivity, reliability, simplified maintenance and 100% indoor emission-free operation–making it an ideal solution for sustainable-driven applications.

Featuring dedicated sweeping and scrubbing functions, the Advance CS7000 fuel cell unit provides one-pass cleaning power for enhanced cleaning capabilities. Optional equipment features such as the patented DustGuardTM System, provide users with unlimited flexibility to meet their cleaning challenges. Additional benefits include:

  • Full operator shift of cleaning time between refuels
  • Rapid refuel capabilities with no recharge cycle enables 24/7 operation
  • Simple, two-connection setup for easy fuel cell installation

Plug Power Inc., the architect of modern fuel cell technology, manufactures the fuel cell used in the Advance CS7000 sweeper-scrubber. Plug Power revolutionized the industry with its GenDrive® power solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints for customers who use their fuel cell products.

"Advance is an industry leader and innovator and it was only natural for Plug Power and Advance to join forces to offer the cleaning industry's first fuel cell sweeper-scrubber," said Erik Hansen, VP Sales of Plug Power.

About the Advance CS7000TM Series

The full line of Advance CS7000 Combination Sweeper-Scrubbers–the all-battery powered, hybrid and now the new fuel cell-powered–are the most efficient, productive, cost-effective and sustainable industrial floor cleaners on the market for industrial use.

The design of Advance's CS7000 series has resulted in up to a 50% reduction in fuel costs relative to comparable models in the marketplace, reduces LPG fuel consumption and cost up to 45%, up to 45% lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than other LPG fueled units, increases battery runtime vs. competitors by 64% and is 100% indoor emission-free ePower battery operation.

The extended runtime offered by all of the Advance CS7000 models is ideal for maximum productivity in industrial cleaning areas, including warehouses, shipping and manufacturing facilities that present difficult-to-manage areas due to the size and scope of the required cleaning area. Large cleaning applications, such as heavily-accessed university grounds or parking garages, also benefit from the Advance CS7000's dual sweeping and scrubbing/cleaning capabilities.

Advance is a brand of Nilfisk-Advance, Inc. For more information on the new Advance CS7000 Sweeper-Scrubber, call 866-429-8175 or visit

About Nilfisk-Advance

Nilfisk-Advance is one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of professional cleaning equipment. With global company headquarters in Denmark, the company has developed professional cleaning equipment for over 100 years.

Nilfisk-Advance has production facilities in North America, South America, Europe and China, has an extensive network of sales entities in 43 countries and is represented in more than 100 countries around the world. The company currently has over 5,000 employees worldwide, with global sales of over $1 billion USD in 2010. Its Americas headquarters are based in Plymouth, Minnesota.

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