Ballard Power Systems signed a definitive 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 Modern Ground Rail Transit Equipment applications.
The value of this work to Ballard is approximately $3 million and represents the next step toward a commercial product, following the June 2015 signing and announcement of a framework agreement between the companies.
This agreement contemplates that TRC trams will use next-generation Ballard fuel cell power modules designed specifically for the Modern Ground Rail Transit Equipment application, with a goal of powering the initial prototype by 2016. The purpose-designed product is expected to deliver at least 200 kW of power and have a lifetime of at least 20,000 operating hours.
TRC was established in 1881 as China’s first manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock. In the Company’s many years of operation it 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 kilometers per hour (302 miles per hour).
In aggregate, TRC has manufactured more than 10,000 trains throughout its long 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.