|A Ballard Mark 902 fuel-cell module|
Ballard Power Systems has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and fuel cell supply agreement with Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Powertrain Co., Ltd. (Powertrain) to cooperate on the development of fuel cell vehicles for demonstration and field trial programs planned in China in 2006 and 2007.
Under the terms of the agreements, Ballard will supply fuel cells and related services and Powertrain will integrate those fuel cells into vehicles.
As a first step in the relationship, Ballard and Powertrain have signed an agreement for the supply by Ballard to Powertrain of up to 20 Mark 902 automotive fuel cells. Ballard will ship two Mark 902 automotive fuel cells to Powertrain for integration into vehicles later this year.
Ballard will also provide related applications engineering and field service support. Upon successful integration of the fuel cells into vehicles, Powertrain will purchase up to an additional 18 Mark 902 fuel cells for the program in 2007.
We believe China could be a key market driving the commercialization of automotive fuel cell technology, and, as such, we are very pleased to announce this next step in our ongoing activities in China.—Noordin Nanji, Ballard’s Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
The Mark 902 platform, the fourth generation of fuel-cell technology from Ballard, is scalable from 10 kW to 300 kW of output depending upon customer requirements and applications. Typical power output for transportation applications is 85 kW for passenger vehicles and 300 kW for transit bus applications.
Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Powertrain is a fuel-cell vehicle research and development firm owned by Tongji University and SAIC Motor Corp. The company has developed several fuel cell prototypes, including a fuel-cell car based on a VW Santana, shown at the 2004 Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai.