|Ballard Mark 9 SSL stack.|
Ballard Power Systems has signed a follow-on supply agreement with General Hydrogen Corporation for 2,900 Mark 9 SSL fuel cells valued at approximately US$22 Million. These fuel cells are for integration into General Hydrogen’s Hydricity packs that are being sold to customers converting from conventional lead-acid batteries in their materials-handling fleets.
Under the agreement, Ballard expects to ship fuel cells ranging in size from 4 to 20 kW, with roughly one-quarter of these units to ship in 2007, and the balance to ship in 2008. This year, through September 30, 2006, Ballard has shipped 100 Mark 9 SSL fuel cells. With this agreement, Ballard has exceeded its publicly stated corporate goal of shipping or booking 300 Mark 9 SSL units in 2006.
Fuel cells offer a number of advantages for electric materials handling equipment over a conventional lead-acid battery system: tripling the runtime; providing constant power throughout the shift; and eliminating battery changing. (Earlier post.)
The Mark 9 SSL stack is based on Ballard’s fourth generation Mark 902 transportation stack technology.
General Hydrogen is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, near Vancouver. It is a private Delaware-registered company started by Dr. Geoffrey Ballard and Paul Howard, the original founders of Ballard Power Systems.