VANCOUVER, CANADA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLDP) today reported that CRRC Qingdao Sifang Company (“CSR Sifang”) recently announced the final contract with its customer for the planned deployment of eight (8) hydrogen fuel cell trams for a route being developed in the City of Foshan, China. All of these trams are to be powered by Ballard FCveloCity® fuel cell engines.
CSR Sifang is a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer based in Qingdao, Shandong province. Established more than 100-years ago, CSR Sifang has a yearly production capacity of 200 high-speed electric multiple units (EMUs), 1,000 mass transit vehicles and 300 high-grade passenger cars. An initial demonstration of a fuel cell-powered tram, using Ballard technology, was successfully completed by CSR Sifang in March 2015.
In that same year Ballard announced we had signed a joint development agreement and a supply agreement with CSR Sifang to develop and commercialize a fuel cell engine specifically designed for integration into that company’s low floor trams. The agreements included 2016 delivery of ten (10) customized FCveloCity® modules.
At the same time, Ballard also announced our plan to develop a new prototype configuration of the FCveloCity® fuel cell module to deliver 200 kilowatts (kW) of net power for use in powering trams in urban deployments, including the initial deployment of 8 fuel cell-powered trams on the Gaoming Line in the City of Foshan.
Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard Vice President – Technology and Product Development said, “We have worked very closely with CSR Sifang over the past 18-months on the development of a 200 kilowatt fuel cell solution for light rail applications. We expect our collaboration with CSR Sifang will lead to the world’s first commercial deployment of a fuel cell-powered tram line, which should open opportunities globally.”
Each of the fuel cell trams on the Gaoming Line will have a capacity of 285 passengers and a maximum speed of 70 km/hour. The Gaoming Line will be 17.4 kilometers long, with 20 stops. In addition to delivering strong operating performance, the fuel cell trams will have a longer range and be more environmentally-friendly than traditional trams.
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