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Fuel cell maker Hydrogenics wins $7.8M order from Chinese client

The Toronto-area company expects to ship the fuel cells destined for zero-emission vehicles within the next 12 months


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MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Ontario fuel cell maker Hydrogenics Corp. has won a new order from a unnamed customer in China.

The cleantech company said the deal is worth $7.8 million and involves hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emissions vehicles in China. It disclosed few other details about its customer, citing competitive reasons.

Along with adopting battery electric technology, numerous Chinese companies have been building and testing hydrogen buses as a way to combat poor air quality in urban areas.

The innovation boom has attracted international attention from, among others, Hydrogenics and its Vancouver-based competitor, Ballard Power Systems Inc. The two Canadian fuel cell makers have been active in the space for several years.

Meanwhile, with hydrogen fuel cell technology coming of age, the two Canadian companies have also been making headway in the market for hydrogen-powered trains. Hydrogenics designed the fuel cells for Alstom’s Coradia iLint—set to begin carrying passengers on German rails in the coming years—while Ballard signed an agreement last year to work with Siemens on the the industrial conglomerate’s new hydrail venture.

Hydrogenics plans to ship the fuel cells for the latest vehicle agreement to China in the next 12 months.


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