Welcome to this issue of The Fuel Cell Advantage, where you’ll find the latest on how we are putting fuel cells to work in commercial applications every day.
In this issue:
Details on Ballard's Acquisition of United Technology IP
Interview with Steve Karaffa, Chief Commercial Officer
Interviewer: In April, Ballard announced the purchase of UTC’s PEM fuel cell patent portfolio. Could you provide more details regarding what was purchased?
Globe Telecom Deploys ElectraGen™-ME Telecom Backup Power Systems in the Philippines
Installation of Ballard fuel cell telecom backup power systems is proceeding in the Philippines, with 12 ElectraGen™-ME systems now deployed at key sites in metro Manila. These systems are part of an initial 20-system order received in the third quarter of 2013 from AECi, Ballard’s channel partner in the Philippines, for deployment in the network of Globe Telecom, a major full service telecommunications company in that country.
The methanol-fuelled back-up power systems are designed to ensure delivery of network services during extreme weather events, such as Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, or when electric grid is unavailable or during power outages. All 20 of the initial systems will be installed at rooftop locations and fuelled with HydroPlus™, a mixture of methanol and water that can be readily delivered to the site.
Recent Industry Events
Hannover Messe 2014
Ballard participated in the annual Hannover Messe, Europe’s largest hydrogen, fuel cell and battery exhibition. Follow the link to watch the presentation by TJ Lawy, Ballard’s Program Manager for Engineering Services, regarding the commercialization of fuel cells across a variety of markets.
Ballard joined other companies from British Columbia’s information and communication technologies (ICT) sector in showcasing their latest solutions and expertise at CommunicAsia, Asia’s largest ICT show, held in Singapore from June 17-20, 2014. Ballard has deployed many of our ElectraGen™ telecom backup power systems in Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia and the Philippines.
Upcoming Industry Event
INTELEC® 2014 – International Telecommunications Energy Conference
Ballard, together with BC Transit, New Flyer and PW Transit was very pleased to have been awarded the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) 2014 Corporate Leadership Innovation Award for the Whistler Fuel Cell Bus Project. The four-year demonstration helped advance Ballard’s technology toward commercialization and generated international business opportunities for this ‘made in B.C.’ technology. Now, transit agencies around the world are introducing fleets of these environmentally friendly, zero-emission buses.
Following closely after, transit authority Regional Verkehr Koln (RVK) of Cologne, Germany took delivery of two 13 meter buses powered by Ballard’s FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell modules. The buses were integrated by Van Hool NV, Europe’s fourth largest bus manufacturer.
Ballard and Van Hool have previously supplied buses to a number of other European cities, including: Oslo, Norway; San Remo, Italy; and Flanders, Belgium. All told, approximately 40 buses operating in Europe are expected to be powered by Ballard fuel cell modules this year.
SunLine Transit Agency of Thousand Palms, CA recently took delivery of two new fuel cell buses, each powered by a Ballard FCvelocity®-HD6 fuel cell module. These two additional buses will bring the total number of Ballard powered fuel cell buses at SunLine Transit Agency to four. In 2013 Ballard signed extended service agreements with SunLine Transit Agency that will support bus operation for up to ten years, demonstrating SunLine’s continued commitment to the operation of these buses.
Ballard Coverage in Forbes Magazine
There has been increasing interest in the fuel cell industry by the media, including this article recently published in Forbes Magazine. Author Peter Kelly-Detwiler spoke with Steve Karaffa, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer, and Guy McAree, Director of Marketing and Investor Relations regarding the company’s outlook.
Ballard: Living to Fight Another Day In The Fuel Cell World