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Ballard wins fuel cell deal with Polish bus manufacturer

West Coast firm's fuel cells to provide auxiliary power in new Solaris buses



Ballard's 85 kilowatt FCveloCity fuel cell will be integrated into the bus maker's low floor trolley bus. PHOTO: Ballard

The Vancouver-based company’s 85 kilowatt FCveloCity fuel cell will be integrated into the bus maker’s low floor trolley bus. PHOTO: Ballard

VANCOUVER—Ballard Power Systems Inc. has signed a deal with Polish bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach to supply fuel cells for 10 partially-hydrogen-powered buses.

Destined for the streets of the Latvian capital, Riga, the Solaris buses will incorporate the Canadian cleantech firm’s FCveloCity-HD fuel cell modules. While the buses will draw much of their power from catenary wiring, the fuel cells will provide auxiliary power whenever the buses enter an area without electrical infrastructure.

The clean-burning fuel cells will replace the diesel auxiliary power units currently in use in Solaris buses.

The 10-fuel cell deal is the first order in Long-Term Sales Agreement reached between the two companies Nov. 29.

Vancouver-based Ballard plans to start delivery of the fuel cells next year.

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