Ballard Power Systems has signed a Technology Solutions program with an unnamed strategic customer to develop a next-generation air-cooled fuel cell stack. The multi-year program has an initial value to Ballard of approximately $4.2 million.
A key objective of the Technology Solutions program is to design and validate an ultra-high durability, high performance air-cooled fuel cell stack for uses in a number of target market applications, including certain material handling applications, with a target operating lifetime of 20,000 hours.
A key market opportunity will be the integration of the next-generation stacks into fuel cell systems for class 3 lift trucks, such as pallet jacks, deployed in high throughput distribution centers and warehouse operations. Other potential applications include systems for stationary continuous and backup power.