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Ballard and Eltek Nordic collaborate on fuel cell backup power systems

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Ballard's hydrogen fueled 1.7 kilowatt (kW) and 5kW FCgen®-H2PM backup power systems propose a lower cost, more flexibility and high reliability.

Ballard FCgen®-H2PM fuel cell backup power system

VANCOUVER and HOBRO — Ballard Power Systems announced on Dec. 14 that it has signed a collaboration agreement with Eltek Nordic – a power conversion company headquartered in Drammen, Norway and part of Delta, a provider of power electronics, automation and infrastructure – to provide reliable backup power solutions for telecom networks and other critical communication infrastructure. The collaboration announced on Dec. 14 will utilize Ballard’s FCgen®-H2PM fuel cell backup power system.

Ballard and Eltek have a long-standing commercial relationship, having sourced products from each other for a number of years. The companies recently collaborated on a project at Trollstigen in the mountains of Norway, installing an off-grid power solution that integrates solar, wind, fuel cells, and batteries to ensure continuous operation and connectivity of a remote telecom network site.

Jesper Themsen, President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S said, “Telecom and critical communication infrastructure require a highly reliable power supply, including backup power capability in the event of grid outages. With Ballard’s history and expertise in fuel cell backup power systems, we are delighted to enter into this collaboration agreement with Eltek Nordic, a leading global power solutions provider, for delivery of zero-emission backup power systems to ensure uninterrupted power supply for telecom and other networks.”

Ulf Ellingsen, Sales Director for Eltek Nordic noted, “Eltek Nordic delivers integrated power solutions for telecom and other critical communications infrastructure, all built around our core power conversion technology. Since hydrogen fuel cells offer a strong value proposition for backup power requirements, we are very pleased to collaborate with Ballard, the leader in PEM fuel cell products.”


As providers of extensive fiber broadband networks for telecommunications services, Nordic countries require reliable backup power systems that ensure continuous connectivity, even in the event of grid failures. Ballard’s hydrogen fueled 1.7 kilowatt (kW) and 5kW FCgen®-H2PM backup power systems will hope to address these needs.


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