Testing Services



Ballard’s state-of-the-art test lab sets the industry standard for proton exchange membrane fuel cell development and testing.

Leveraging the full suite of testing and failure analysis tools available, significant information can be provided to identify issues and recommend changes to the stack and system design or operation. Tests can be carried out on Ballard products, or customer test articles, such as stacks, fuel cell components or materials.

Ballard’s Test Lab Statistics:

  • 400,000+ hours of test data generated annually
  • Automated test stations able to run on oxygen, air, hydrogen and fuel blends
  • Environmental chambers for freeze start high temperature testing
  • Customizable accelerated stress test stations
  • Custom diagnostic tests for systems, stacks and components such as anode and cathode half-cell potential measurements, CT scanners and current mapping

 

CASE STUDY: AEROSPACE
 SITUATION: A leading aircraft manufacturer required an in-depth understanding of the performance of fuel cells across a wide range of aerospace functions, where reliable performance and safety are the utmost concern.
 SOLUTION: Ballard conducted a comprehensive testing program on our FCvelocity® -9SSL fuel cell stack, utilizing specific and specialized operating conditions outside Ballard's standard operating protocol.
 RESULTS: Ballard delivered the testing results, along with a mathematical model for future simulations, to the aircraft manufacturer within three months. This allowed the company to successfully pass its technology readiness gate.