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Ballard signs LOI to provide hydrogen fuel cell modules to power 25 buses in Sao Pãulo, Brazil

Ballard Power Systems has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with The City of Sao Pãulo, Brazil for 25 FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell modules to power 25 buses in that city. Delivery of the modules is planned for 2012. A final agreement with The City of Sao Pãulo is now in negotiation.

Earlier in December, Ballard signed an equipment supply agreement with Van Hool NV, Europe’s fourth largest bus manufacturer, for 21 FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell power modules. (Earlier post.)

Brazil’s National Plan on Climate Change is a set of inter-ministerial programs designed to cut emissions in the transportation, forestry, industrial and energy sectors. Under the plan the Brazilian government has committed to significant use of zero-emission transit technology. Initiatives will be implemented during the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympic Games being held in that country, and beyond.

Sao Pãulo is Brazil’s largest city, generating significant emissions of particulate matter together with 3 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, 85% of which are created by vehicles. As a result, clean energy transportation is a high priority for the city, which has established a goal of reducing fossil fuel use within the bus fleet by at least 10% annually over the next several years.

Ballard’s sixth generation FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell module features a control unit which interfaces with a system controller to make it a “plug-and-play” product for any fuel cell or hybrid fuel cell bus platform. The module also offers significant advances in durability, power density and fuel efficiency compared to earlier generation products.



Those FCs are mature enough to power city and urban buses in most places where hydrogen can be made available. It should be welcomed in many large cities with acute air pollution problems.

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