Ballard inks $6M fuel cell-powered tram deal in China

Prototype configuration of Ballard's FCvelocity fuel cell module will deliver 200 kilowatts of net power.

September 29, 2015
by PLANT Staff

VANCOUVER — Ballard Power Systems has signed a joined development agreement and supply agreement worth $6 million to develop 10 fuel cell engine for integration into low floor trams manufactured by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd., a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer.

Ballard says it plans to develop a new prototype configuration of its FCvelocity fuel cell module that will deliver 200 kilowatts of net power. An initial deployment of eight fuel cell-powered trams is planned by CRRC Sifang and the City of Foshan on the Gaoming Line starting in 2017.

CRRC Sifang, based in Qingdao, Shandong province was founded in 1900. The company has a yearly production capacity of 200 high-speed electric multiple units (EMUs), 1,000 mass transit vehicles and 300 high-grade passenger cars.

Ballard Power Systems is a Vancouver-based developer of clean energy fuel cell products.

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