Canadian Manufacturing

Ballard secures $12M fuel cell stack order from China

Technology will be used to power commercial buses in Asian country



VANCOUVER—Clean energy firm, Ballard Power Systems, has signed a $12 million agreement to provide fuel cell stacks to a Chinese hydrogen power firm.

Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. will use the Vancouver-based company’s FCvelocityTM-9SSL fuel cell stacks to power commercial buses in the fast-growing Asian country. On the project, Guangdong Synergy is collaborating with Dongfeng Xiangyangtouring Car Co., a state-owned firm, which is China’s largest commercial vehicle maker.

“The momentum we have been experiencing over the past year in China has been primarily driven by heavy duty motive power applications, specifically to power mass transit buses and urban trams,” Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO, said. “This [Equipment Supply Agreement] builds on that momentum, as Ballard’s leading PEM technology will be deployed for range extension applications in commercial buses.”

Each of the company’s fuel cell stacks is capable of delivering 15 kilowatts of power.

Ballard said it expects to deliver on the order in 2016 and 2017.

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