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Belgium bus OEM gets grant for Ballard modules

Hydrogen next-generation fuel cell power modules destined for 21 buses.


VANCOUVER — Ballard Power Systems’ customer, Van Hool N.V. has signed a grant agreement with the EU Hydrogen Fuel Cell Joint Undertaking for deployment of 21 fuel cell buses in Europe as part of the 3Emotion Program.

Ballard and Van Hool, partners in the deployment of fuel cell buses in Europe, are in the process of finalizing an equipment supply agreement (ESA) for the provision by Ballard of 2121 next-generation fuel cell power modules.

Ballard, a Vancouver-based developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, anticipates purchase orders under the ESA will lead to module deliveries to Van Hool this year and next.

Van Hool, a Belgium-based independent bus, coach and industrial vehicle OEM, has 27 fuel cell buses powered by Ballard modules in operation.

Ballard says it holds an estimated 80% share of the European market for fuel cell bus modules.

In November Van Hool and four other major bus OEM’s signed a letter of understanding outlining their commitment to the commercialization and deployment of fuel cell buses in Europe. They anticipate 500 to 1,000 fuel cell buses can be put into service in Europe during 2017-20.

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