Green Car Congress  
Go to GCC Discussions forum About GCC Contact  RSS Subscribe Twitter headlines

« Chevron Subsidiary to Work on Ethanol Plants | Main | Researchers to Sequence Six Strains of Cyanobacteria in Pursuit of Biofuel Production »

Print this post

Ballard to Supply 2,900 More Mark 9 SSL Fuel Cells to General Hydrogen

11 October 2006

Ballard_mark9nssl
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.

October 11, 2006 in Fuel Cells, Hydrogen | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c4fbe53ef00d834bb4d8253ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Ballard to Supply 2,900 More Mark 9 SSL Fuel Cells to General Hydrogen:

Comments

PEM fuel cell price coming down? Assuming that the average size will be around 12 KW, this seems to indicate an average price of about $632/KW. This compares favourably with current price for Lithium battery packs.

At the same reduced price, a 80KW cell stack for a compact car, would cost up to $50 000. It is much better than the $300 000+ of a few years ago. Another 6:1 price drop to about $8000 for a compact car would be viable. Will Lithum batteries or on-board quick charge ESD be able to compete?

GE is also making great strides in bring down the cost of electrolyzers. Making H2 created from water at under $3/kg a practical reality.

http://www.carbonfree.co.uk/cf/news/wk41-0005.htm

Harvey, $632/kW is an order of magnitude more expensive than Li-ion batteries.

Lithium batteries are often quoted on a $/kWh basis (not $/kW), and I often see numbers in the $600/kWh range for a full-function battery pack ($400/kWh or so for raw batteries). But if you do the math the cost/kW is below $100. If A123Systems meets their cost targets they'll drive this below $30/kW.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Green Car Congress © 2014 BioAge Group, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Home | BioAge Group