Ballard Power Systems has signed a framework agreement with Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company, Limited (TRC) for development of a new fuel cell module that will be designed to meet the requirements of tram or Ground Transport Vehicle (GTV) applications.
The framework agreement contemplates that TRC trams will use next-generation Ballard fuel cell power modules designed specifically for this application. Initial work is expected to involve Technology Solutions provided by Ballard to assist in the design and integration of a fuel cell power module into TRC tram equipment, with the goal of powering a GTV prototype in 2016.
TRC was established in 1881 as China’s first manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock. In its nearly three-centuries of operation the company has delivered a number of important “firsts” in China, including the first: locomotive; passenger train; freight wagon; inspection train; titling train; and 70% low-floor light rail train. In January 2011, TRC also recorded the world’s fastest railway test speed of 487.3 km/h (302 mph).
In aggregate, TRC has manufactured more than 10,000 trains throughout its history. Headquartered in Tangshan, Hebei province of China, today TRC offers a range of electric train cars and magnetic levitation products as well as technologies for electric multiple unit (EMU) system integration and network controls.