Mr. Randy MacEwen reports
HART INDUSTRIES AND BALLARD POWER EXECUTE ONBOARD HYDROGEN SOLUTIONS JOINT DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR HEAVY-DUTY MOBILITY
Chart Industries Inc., a leading diversified global manufacturer of highly engineered equipment for the industrial gas and clean energy industries, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ballard Power Systems Inc. to jointly develop integrated system solutions that include a fuel cell engine with onboard liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage and vaporization for the transportation industry, with a focus on heavy-duty applications, including buses, trucks, rail and marine vessels.
Both Ballard and Chart have provided hydrogen solutions and equipment to industry for multiple decades (nearly 100 years in total), including a very rapid increase in sales activity in 2020. This collaboration of two industry veterans is targeted to enable accelerated adoption of hydrogen in heavy-duty transport applications requiring long range, rapid refuelling and lowest total cost of ownership of the vehicle.
Liquid hydrogen is well suited for the transportation industry as its higher density, lower pressure and ease of filling via liquid hydrogen pump contribute to the ability for larger mobile equipment to travel longer distances similar to what is possible today with diesel fuel. As part of the development agreement:
Chart will provide:
Liquid hydrogen expertise from liquefaction plant to storage, fuelling and onboard tanks;
- Extensive truck LNG (liquefied natural gas) tank experience;
- An existing liquid hydrogen onboard vehicle tank prototype design;
- Fuel-to-vehicle connection/interface experience;
- LH2 test lab in Minnesota, United States.
Ballard will provide:
Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology expertise;
- PEM fuel cell stacks, modules and systems;
- Fuel cell mobility experience with over 70 million kilometres of vehicle operation;
Market access to system integrators and vehicle original equipment manufacturers;
Fuel cell testing facilities in British Columbia (Canada) and Denmark.
"Given both of our companies' extensive experience in the Class 8 long-haul truck, bus, rail and marine areas of transportation as well as hydrogen, this combination of expertise will create a unique, differentiated and cost-effective solution for transportation customers as the industry moves to cleaner power," stated Jill Evanko, Chart's chief executive officer and president. "We are proud to partner with Ballard, a global proven and focused leader in hydrogen."
Randy MacEwen, Ballard president and CEO, added: "Chart Industries is a strong partner for development of integrated and optimized hydrogen solutions that include storage of liquid hydrogen for our fuel cell engines. Together with Chart, we intend to help simplify customers' buying decisions, regardless of the specific heavy-duty motive application being addressed."
About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems' vision is to deliver fuel cell power for a sustainable planet. Ballard zero-emission PEM fuel cells are enabling electrification of mobility, including buses, commercial trucks, trains, marine vessels, passenger cars and forklift trucks.
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