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Ballard’s Dantherm Power to collaborate with Delta Power Solutions in India for fuel cell backup systems

Dantherm Power, a backup power systems company in which Ballard Power Systems has a controlling interest, has signed a collaboration agreement with Delta Power Solutions (India) Pvt. Ltd. to market fuel cell power solutions in the India telecommunications sector. Delta Power Solutions (India) is a subsidiary of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PLC, part of the Delta Group, a leading energy saving solutions provider.

Under the agreement, Dantherm Power and Delta will jointly work to deploy product field trials comprising Dantherm Power’s direct hydrogen 2kW DBX2000 fuel cell system as well as its 5kW DBX5000 fuel cell system, which will be integrated by Delta, along with its Site Management & Control System (SMCS), and deployed at telecom customer sites in India. Delta will take responsibility for installation, commissioning, maintenance and management of these field deployments. These sites will be remotely monitored by Delta’s Network Operation Centre (NOC).

This agreement represents an effective, managed approach to backup power market development in India. Delta will leverage its existing telecom industry relationships in order to identify interested customers, and Delta will provide on-the-ground support throughout the trial period. Onsite expertise and customer support is the key to gaining traction with solutions that are new to the market, such as fuel cells in the India telecom sector.

—John Sheridan, CEO of Ballard and Chairman of Dantherm Power

The field trials will enable an informed assessment of the commercial market opportunity, including identification of appropriate fuel cell solutions.



This could be a way to deal with grid instability feeding communication sites in India (and many other countries). Solar panels + batteries could also achieve the same results at competitive cost.

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