Bal­lard to de­velop en­gine for Siemens’s Mireo train

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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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Ian Alexan­der Bourne, Dou­glas Palmer Hay­hurst, Duy-Loan Le, Robert Ran­dall MacEwen, Marty T Neese, James Nor­man Roche, Ian Dou­glas Sut­cliffe, Janet Pa­tri­cia Woodruff

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