The SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Oaks, CA will be expanding its hydrogen fuel cell test program this year with two new buses. The buses with different chassis and powertrain configurations will both use fuel cell stacks from Ballard Power Systems of Vancouver, British Columbia. The first bus has already been delivered and has the same configuration as the twenty buses that began running in Whistler, BC prior to the winter Olympics.

The second bus uses an El Dorado chassis and uses a series hybrid drive-train built by BAE Systems. The series hybrid configuration works in combination with a lithium ion battery pack that acts as a buffer for electrical energy. The battery captures energy from regenerative braking and provides transient energy needs for acceleration. The fuel cell can operate at constant output for better efficiency to keep the battery charge level up.

[Source: Ballard Power Systems]


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Ballard to Power SunLine Transit Agency Buses

VANCOUVER, March 2, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) announced that it has entered into contracts for the supply of fuel cell power modules to power two different transit bus configurations at SunLine Transit Agency in Thousand Oaks, California.

Under the Advanced Technology (AT) program, Ballard, ISE Corporation and New Flyer Industries have struck a deal that will provide SunLine Transit with a 40-foot fuel cell hybrid bus powered by Ballard's FCvelocity(TM)-HD6 power module, similar to the twenty buses currently being operated in Whistler, B.C. This bus has been delivered and will be entering regular transit service in 2010.

Under the National Fuel Cell Bus Program, Ballard will also supply an FCvelocity(TM)-HD6 power module for an El Dorado fuel cell hybrid bus featuring a series hybrid electric drive from BAE Systems, lead integrator for the bus. The fuel cell power module will be delivered this quarter and the bus will be delivered and operational in 2011.

"Our goal is to deliver the benefits that fuel cells offer for a clean energy future, with the most efficient possible operation for our customers," said John Sheridan, Ballard's President and CEO. "These buses are further evidence of the commercial demand we're seeing for Ballard fuel cell products. The buses for SunLine are above and beyond the twenty buses currently deployed in Whistler, and others slated for delivery later this year in London, Cologne and Amsterdam."

Ballard's power module is a 'plug-and-play' fuel cell-based product that enables system integrators to build clean energy buses more easily and at lower cost. These power modules incorporate sub-system components addressing humidification, hydrogen pressure regulation, hydrogen recirculation, water management, ventilation and controls. Since these sub-system components and fuel cell stacks are optimized within a power module, they can be more readily integrated with the bus hybrid electric drive system.

Ballard has a long history of working with SunLine Transit Agency, having powered a prototype New Flyer Industries fuel cell bus in the Palm Springs region between 1999 and 2002.

"SunLine Transit Agency looks forward to adding these innovative new fuel cell hybrid vehicles to our existing fleet of clean, alternative fuel transit buses," said General Manager C. Mikel Oglesby. "The advanced state of Ballard's products and high level of performance made them a natural choice."

About Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

SOURCE Ballard Power Systems Inc.

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