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Ballard to deploy ElectraGen fuel cells in Jamaica

Rooftop back up power systems will replace diesel-powered generators in the Caribbean country.


VANCOUVER — Ballard Power Systems has received an order from its Caribbean distributor, Precision Power & Air (PP&A), for 13 ElectraGen-ME fuel cell backup power systems for deployment in Jamaica’s Digicel Group Ltd. network.

This is the second tranche of Ballard methanol-fuelled systems ordered for Digicel, which will bring the total systems deployed at critical sites around the Caribbean island to 25. The company has over 14 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions.

The majority of the backup power systems will be sited at rooftop base station locations. Ballard says the systems are well-suited for rooftop deployments due to their small footprint, quiet operation and light weight. They also generate low levels of emissions, eliminating concerns over the use of diesel generators in similar rooftop locations.

Ballard now has 161 ElectraGen-ME systems operating in the Caribbean in such countries as Puerto Rico, Jamaica, The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Montserrat as well as Trinidad and Tobago, all regions Tparticularly susceptible to power disruptions due to extreme weather conditions, including hurricanes.

This makes telecom networks vulnerable to frequent grid outages.

Ballard’s says the methanol-fuelled systems provide extended runtime backup power with high reliability, long product life and minimal preventive maintenance. The systems include a fuel reformer that converts HydroPlus – a methanol-water liquid fuel mixture – into hydrogen gas to power each fuel cell stack.

Ballard is Vancouver-based developer of clean energy fuel cell products for optimized power systems.

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