By: Alfred Wong, Ballard Managing Director, Asia-Pacific. ---------------------------
Ballard Power Systems wishes to congratulate CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. (“CRRC Sifang”) – part of CRRC, the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock – on its receipt of the International Hydrogen Energy Association’s “Sir William Grove Award” at the 22nd World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC 2018) held June 17-22, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The award recognizes CRRC Sifang’s leadership in the development of hydrogen fuel cell trams. CRRC Sifang is the only train OEM to have ever won this prestigious award.
In 2015, CRRC Sifang developed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram – using a Ballard FCveloCity® module – and successfully demonstrated it at its head office, production and testing facility. The tram had a long cruising range, used no overhead catenary wires and produced no pollutants.
Later that year CRRC Sifang and Ballard signed a Joint Development Agreement and a supply agreement to develop and commercialize a fuel cell module specifically designed for integration into low floor trams. Since that time Ballard has worked to develop a new configuration of its FCveloCity® fuel cell module, delivering 200 kilowatts (kW) of net power for use in powering trams in urban deployments.
Ballard has delivered 10 modules to CRRC Sifang for integration. A Phase 1 deployment of 5 fuel cell-powered trams is planned by CRRC Sifang and the Gaoming district of the city of Foshan beginning in the first half of 2019, with additional trams planned for deployment in subsequent operational phases.
It is also noteworthy that, in 1998, Ballard was the first company to receive the Sir William Grove Award for its Leadership in the Electrochemical Area.
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