Ballard Power Systems signed an Equipment Supply Agreement (ESA), valued at $12 million, with Guangdong Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co., Ltd. (Synergy) to provide FCvelocity-9SSL fuel cell stacks for use in commercial buses in China. Ballard expects to deliver the stacks in 2016 and 2017.Each FCvelocity-9SSL fuel cell stack will deliver approximately 15 kilowatts (kW) of power, appropriate for range-extension applications. The ESA for fuel cell stacks signed today is in addition to agreements that Ballard previously announced for heavy-duty power applications in China. (Earlier post, earlier post, earlier post.)
Synergy will collaborate with Dongfeng Xiangyangtouring Car Co., Ltd. (DFAC), which is part of Dongfeng Motor Corporation, a Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer headquartered in Wuhan. Dongfeng Motor Corporation is the largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles in China.
The previously announced agreements reflect $27 million in relation to more than 330 buses, and also reflect $9 million in relation to 10 urban trams together with related product development activities.
The momentum we have been experiencing over the past year in China has been primarily driven by heavy-duty motive power applications, specifically to power mass transit buses and urban trams. This ESA builds on that momentum, as Ballard’s leading PEM technology will be deployed for range extension applications in commercial buses.
We are pleased to see DFAC supporting the largest planned deployment of fuel cell hybrid commercial vehicles globally. And, this agreement contributes to a record sales order book for Ballard, as we begin 2016.—Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO
Ballard’s FCvelocity–9SSL fuel cell stack is a derivative of its work in automotive fuel cell technology. The stack, which offers scalable power output from 4kW to 22kW, is liquid cooled for high durability and is rated at a 10,000 hour lifetime.
The FCvelocity-9SSL fuel cell stack is widely deployed in Plug Power’s line of GenDrive fuel cell systems for electric lift trucks. In addition, this fuel cell stack product is integrated into Ballard’s FCvelocity-HD7 motive module to power transit buses and light rail vehicles.