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Ballard to supply fuel cell module for Connecticut bus

Ballard Power Systems signed a supply agreement with the Center for Transportation and the Environment for a 150 kW FCvelocity-HD6 fuel cell module to be integrated into a bus that will be deployed with CTTransit in Hartford, Connecticut. The All-American fuel cell hybrid bus is expected to be delivered in 2015.

The fuel cell hybrid bus configuration to be deployed with CTTransit was jointly developed with partners BAE Systems and ElDorado National and is currently in operation with SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Palms, California. (Earlier post.)

Additional buses with this same configuration using previously shipped Ballard FCvelocity-HD6 power modules are planned: 2 for SunLine Transit Agency and one for deployment in the Boston, Massachusetts area. This will bring the total number of buses in operation using this configuration to 5 by 2015.

Separately, Ballard announced the sale of a 175 kW ClearGen distributed generation stationary fuel cell system to Azure Hydrogen Energy Science and Technology Corporation of Beijing, China. Azure is Ballard’s partner in China with a focus on development and enhancement of hydrogen energy technology for a variety of applications in that marketplace.

Azure plans to display the ClearGen system and ElectraGen-H2 backup power systems at the fifth World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC2013), to be held in Shanghai, China 25-28 September 2013. The convention will cover all aspects of hydrogen energy, including production methods, storage and distribution, utilization, economics and environmental impact. Following WHTC2013, Azure is expected to redeploy the system to another as yet unnamed location in China.

Earlier in 2013, Ballard also announced the sale of a 175 kW ClearGen system to a customer in California. Repeat builds have helped to optimize the system, leading to a smaller footprint and improved serviceability.


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