Ballard to develop engine for Siemens’s Mireo train
BALLARD POWER Systems Inc. has signed a development agreement with Siemens AG for the development of a zero-emission fuel cell engine to power Siemens’s Mireo light rail train. The development agreement has a con-
templated value of approximately $9.0-million to Ballard.
Under the terms of the development agreement, Ballard will develop a 200-kilowatt fuel cell engine for integration into Siemens’s new Mireo train platform. Mireo is a modular commuter train platform designed for speeds of up to 160 kilometres per hour (100 miles per hour). Thanks to lightweight design, energy-efficient components and intelligent on-board network management, the Mireo will consume up-to-25-per-centless energy than trains with similar passenger capacity. Initial deployments of the fuel-cell-powered Mireo train are planned for 2021.
Sabrina Soussan, chief executive officer of the mobility division at Siemens, said: “Our co-operation with Ballard is a decisive step towards replacing diesel-powered rail vehicles with emissions-free vehicles in the long-term interests of sustainable and climate-friendly mobility. We want to be able to offer our customers flexible train solutions for various suburban routes, which vary according to regional conditions and technical possibilities.”
Randy MacEwen, Ballard president and chief executive officer, added: “We are seeing rapid market demand growing for clean energy fuel cell technology in a range of heavy-duty motive applications, including trains, trams, transit buses and commercial trucks. This development agreement with Siemens, a major industrial conglomerate and leading global train OEM [original equipment manufacturer], is a testament to the overall value proposition offered by Ballard’s fuel cell technology in a demanding use case and duty cycle. In this application, fuel cells enable electrification with range, without the need for costly catenary wire infrastructure.”
Siemens is the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, headquartered in Munich, Germany, and with offices around the globe. Siemens has more than 350,000 employees worldwide, and the company generated revenue in excess of 79 billion euros ($94-billion (U.S.)) in 2016.
About Ballard Power Systems Inc.
Ballard Power Systems provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programs.
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