We've been reporting on British Columbia-based Ballard Power Systems ever since AutoblogGreen got started, but the company hasn't been a big player in our pages for a while since it was focusing more on stationary power and larger vehicles. Turns out, shifting attention to slower, hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles should justify the company's rapid share-price growth
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If you're going to use hydrogen to power a vehicle, the absolute best way to get that H2 is to snag it from some waste stream somewhere. The Vancouver-based Ballard Fuel Cell Systems has announced it will something similar at a K2 Pure Solutions bleach production facility in Pittsburg, CA. Right now, when K2 makes bleach, it also generates hydrogen as a by-product. K2 used to burn the hydrogen to generate heat, but it will now feed it into a fuel cell to generate electricity at the facility us
Over two years ago, we first learned the British Columbia Transit was planning to acquire 20 fuel cell-powered buses for use in the Whistler area ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The first of those buses was recently delivered to the transit company with the rest arriving over the coming weeks and months. The 20 bus-fleet will be the single largest deployment of hydrogen-fueled buses in the world. The buses are built on chassis supplied by ISE Corporation and use fuel cell stacks supplied by B
Mercedes-Benz has several test fleets of fuel cell powered buses running in European cities. Ballard Power Systems is the supplier of the fuel cells in these vehicles and they have just been awarded a contract to provide service to the buses in the fleets of Hamburg, Germany and Amsterdam, the Netherlands for 2007 and 2008.
Ballard Power Systems has announced a pair of programs to put some more fuel cell powered buses on the road in Washington DC and in upstate New York. Federal Transit Administrator James Simpson announced that the FTA will be funding a $49 million fuel cell bus research and development program. $13 million of that will be going to Ballard and its partners in the two programs. Both programs are using Ballards new generation heavy duty fuel cell module.