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Ballard launches high-power density fuel cell stack for vehicle propulsion

By PLANT STAFF   

General Sustainability Technology Automotive Construction Manufacturing Transportation Audi Ballard FCgen-HP Fuel-cell manufacturing

For use in bus, rail, marine, mining, construction and aerospace vehicles, plus stationary power applications.

FCgen-HPS high-performance fuel cell stack.
Photo: Ballard

VANCOUVER — Ballard Power Systems has launched a fuel cell stack that will power a range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles with a high-power density of 4.3 kilowatts per litre.

The Burnaby, BC hydrogen fuel cell innovator said the FCgen-HPS is for use in a variety of applications, including bus, rail, marine, mining, construction and aerospace vehicles, plus stationary power applications.

Ballard has signed a non-binding MOUwith AUDI to expand its right to use the FCgen-HPS in all applications, including commercial trucks and passenger cars.

The new fuel cell stack delivers up to a 140 kW maximum power level, with scalability to multiple power blocks; up to 95 degrees C maximum operating temperature, which allows for more efficient and smaller cooling systems;  and -28 degrees C freeze start capability with fast power ramp.

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Ballard and AUDI expect to sign definitive agreements in this year formalizing the terms of the MOU.

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