GREEN COM­PANY - Bal­lard Power Sys­tems

Bal­lard An­tic­i­pates Pow­er­ing 80% of Euro­pean Fuel Cell Buses in Rev­enue Ser­vice in 2014

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VAN­COU­VER, CANADA– Bal­lard Power Sys­tems (NAS­DAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) an­nounced to­day that it an­tic­i­pates pow­er­ing ap­prox­i­mately 40 of the 50 zero emis­sion fuel cell buses used in pub­lic tran­sit rev­enue ser­vice on Euro­pean roads in 2014. By 2014 Bal­lard will be pow­er­ing 27 fuel cell buses man­u­fac­tured by part­ner Van Hool NV, Europe’s fourth largest bus OEM. The Van Hool buses will be op­er­at­ing in such cities as: Oslo, Nor­way (5 buses); Cologne, Ger­many (2); San Remo, Italy (5); Flan­ders, Bel­gium (5); and Aberdeen, Scot­land (10). Aberdeen’s 10-bus fleet will be the sec­ond largest in the world, next to the 20-bus fleet that has been op­er­at­ing in Whistler, Canada since 2010. The 40 Bal­lard-pow­ered buses in Europe will be us­ing the Com­pany’s lat­est-gen­er­a­tion 75 & 150 kilo­watt FCve­loc­ity®-HD6 mod­ules, based on zero emis­sion tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides re­li­able power while emit­ting only wa­ter and heat. Dr. Christo­pher Guzy, Bal­lard’s Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer said, “Our fuel cell power mod­ule has proven to be highly re­li­able in a large num­ber of buses in Europe and else­where. And, since fuel cells are a zero emis­sion so­lu­tion, this has made the Bal­lard mod­ule an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar choice of tran­sit au­thor­i­ties as an al­ter­na­tive power tech­nol­ogy.” Over the last sev­eral years fuel cell prod­ucts for the bus mar­ket have moved be­yond the “lab” and into lim­ited rev­enue ser­vice with a num­ber of tran­sit au­thor­i­ties in Europe and other parts of the world, no­tably North Amer­ica. Since 2003, fuel cell hy­brid buses in Europe have logged more than 1.9 mil­lion miles (3 mil­lion kilo­me­ters) in rev­enue ser­vice. Bal­lard has also worked with other OEM’s to in­te­grate its fuel cell mod­ules into buses op­er­at­ing in ad­di­tional Euro­pean cities, in­clud­ing: Lon­don, U.K. (5); Am­s­ter­dam, Nether­lands (2); and Cologne, Ger­many (2). To­gether with re­duc­tions in fuel cell bus costs, a ma­jor en­abler for rel­a­tively large-scale fuel cell bus demon­stra­tions in Europe has been – and con­tin­ues to be – the Euro­pean Union (EU) “Joint Tech­nol­ogy Ini­tia­tive” (JTI) fund­ing pro­gram. JTI ear­marks fund­ing for clean en­ergy pub­lic trans­porta­tion al­ter­na­tives and, in com­bi­na­tion with na­tional, re­gional and mu­nic­i­pal funds, has en­cour­aged de­ploy­ment of fuel cell-pow­ered buses in nu­mer­ous Euro­pean cen­ters. Bal­lard is cur­rently work­ing to fur­ther com­mer­cial­ize its FCve­loc­ity® –HD power mod­ules – with fund­ing sup­port from Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Tech­nol­ogy Canada (SDTC) – through im­prove­ments in dura­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity, as well as cost re­duc­tion. Ex­panded fuel cell bus de­ploy­ments are also ex­pected to gen­er­ate tech­nol­ogy en­hance­ments for ve­hi­cles and fu­el­ing in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing im­prove­ments in well-to-wheel per­for­mance and sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tions in life­cy­cle cost and pur­chase price.

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