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Ballard Power Systems unveils next-generation fuel cell stack

For use in heavy-duty motive applications such as buses, commercial vehicles and trains.


Ballard’s new FCgen-LCS high performance fuel cell stack. Photo: Ballard Power Systems

VANCOUVER — Ballard Power Systems unveiled its next-generation fuel cell stack for heavy-duty transportation at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Trade Fair and Convention in Hannover, Germany.

Its liquid-cooled FCgen-LCS represents a core technology component of Ballard’s eighth-generation power module portfolio for use in buses, commercial trucks and trains, and other applications such as forklifts with a planned launch next year.

Ballard is touting several improvements over the current generation liquid-cooled fuel cell stack that include a 40% reduction in total-cost-of-ownership; a planned operating lifetime of more than 30,000 hours; a 33% increase in power density, which reduces the stack size; cold temperature starts from -25 degrees C and operations in temperatures up to 85 degrees C; simplified systems integration; and sustainability features such as higher efficiency, use of reusable, low-cost carbon plates and compression hardware, and the ability to recover catalyst material from MEAs.

Ballard Power systems is a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell products based in Burnaby, BC.

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