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Ballard Power Systems launches new fuel cell engine

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The FCmove®-XD delivers improved volumetric power density for heavy-duty applications, featuring an engine volumetric power density of 0.36 kW/L and gravimetric power density of 0.48 kW/kg.

Ballard’s density FCmove®-XD. (CNW Group/Ballard Power Systems Inc.)

VANCOUVER and LAS VEGAS — Ballard Power Systems unveils its 9th generation fuel cell engine, the FCmove®-XD, at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Ballard is exhibiting at Booth 1821 from May 20-23, 2024.

“We are laser focused on strengthening the economic value proposition for heavy-duty mobility customers,” said Mircea Gradu, Ballard’s Chief Engineering Officer. “With the unveiling of our 9th generation of fuel cell engine – the FCmove®-XD – we continue to push the boundaries and are once again raising the bar and re-setting the industry standard for PEM fuel cell engine performance. Our innovative FCmove®-XD delivers significant improvements in reliability, durability, efficiency, power density, scalability, serviceability, and total cost of ownership.”

The FCmove®-XD delivers improved volumetric power density for heavy-duty applications, featuring an engine volumetric power density of 0.36 kW/L and gravimetric power density of 0.48 kW/kg. The scalable 120 kW fuel cell engine integrates DC/DC regulated output, enabling up to three modules to operate as one system with a single interface, capable of delivering a combined 360 kW of zero-emission power output.

The FCmove®-XD engine is reportedly developed to deliver durability and low total cost of ownership.

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Enabled by “open architecture” design and other design advances, the FCmove®-XD enables several performance improvements (as compared to their prior-generation engine), including:

  • 120 kW power output from our latest high-performance single stack;
  • Reportedly a 33% reduction in total parts count, significantly improving reliability and reducing costs;
  • System efficiency at >60%, enabling improved fuel consumption (lower total cost of ownership) and efficient heat rejection;
  • Wide operating temperature range, up to 95°C;

“The power and performance requirements of the highly-segmented truck market are particularly demanding due to various use cases, including high vehicle utilization rates and payload requirements,” said Silvano Pozzi, Vice President, Product Line Management. “One of the compelling features of our new FCmove®-XD is scalability based on modularity. We can offer customers efficient integration of 120 kW, 240 kW, and 360 kW solutions dependent on truck class, use case, and duty cycle. For example, two engines, totalling 240 kW of power output, can be easily installed in the engine compartment of a typical Class 8 heavy-duty truck, enhancing standardization and redundancy.”

Ballard plans to initially manufacture the FCmove®-XD at its Oregon facility, enabling “Buy America” compliance starting in 2025, with future high-volume manufacturing expected at Ballard Rockwall Giga 1, Ballard’s recently announced 3 gigawatt Gigafactory planned to be built in Rockwall, Texas.

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