Canadian com­pany inks $10 mil­lion deal to power clean-en­ergy buses in China

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG RU in Bei­jing

Bal­lard Power Sys­tems Inc, a fuel cell pro­ducer from Canada, signed sup­ply agree­ments on Mon­day with two Chi­nese com­pa­nies to pro­vide fuel cell power prod­ucts and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions to sup­port the planned de­ploy­ment of an ini­tial 33 fuel cell-pow­ered buses in two Chi­nese cities.

The deal has an es­ti­mated value of $10 mil­lion.

Bal­lard will col­lab­o­rate with the two Chi­nese com­pa­nies, Nan­tong Zehe New En­ergy Tech­nol­ogy Co Ltd, and Guang­dong Syn­ergy Hy­dro­gen Power Tech­nol­ogy Co Ltd, to pro­vide fuel cells to elec­tric buses man­u­fac­tures in Ru­gao in Jiangsu prov­ince and Yunfu in Guang­dong prov­ince.

The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments in the cities of Yunfu and Ru­gao plan to have fuel cell bus fleets op­er­at­ing in rev­enue ser­vice in 2016.

The agree­ment was signed at a cer­e­mony held on Mon­day at the Canadian Em­bassy in Bei­jing and at­tended by Guy Saint-Jac­ques, Canada’s am­bas­sador to China.

Randy MacEwen, Bal­lard pres­i­dent and CEO, said “We con­tinue to see strong growth op­por­tu­ni­ties in China’s mass tran­sit mar­ket where fuel cells are in­creas­ingly be­ing dis­cussed as the next gen­er­a­tion of clean propul­sion. This de­mand is be­ing driven by China’s grow­ing need for clean ur­ban mass tran­sit and air qual­ity poli­cies.”

Ma Jin­hua, Mem­ber of Ru­gao Mu­nic­i­pal Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of CPC said, “It is im­por­tant that we deal with ex­pe­ri­enced, mar­ket-lead­ing com­pa­nies in or­der to en­sure suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery with the most ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy. This is one rea­son that Bal­lard Power Sys­tems is the right choice for a pro­gram of such im­por­tance.”

The size and rapid growth of China’s econ­omy has re­sulted in con­sid­er­ably larger car­bon diox­ide emis­sions than other na­tions. In 2013, for ex­am­ple, China’s car­bon diox­ide emis­sions from fos­sil fu­els ac­counted for 29 per­cent of the global to­tal, com­pared to 15 per­cent from the United States.

As a re­sult of air qual­ity is­sues, a new en­ergy pro­gram was launched in 2011, in­volv­ing 48 Chi­nese cities with an ob­jec­tive of ex­pand­ing public tran­sit while also re­duc­ing the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in cities.

One of the pro­gram’s spe­cific goals is to deploy more than 1,000 clean en­ergy buses in each of the par­tic­i­pat­ing cities, tak­ing ad­van­tage of gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies to fa­cil­i­tate this ex­pan­sion.

The Canadian hy­dro­gen and fuel cell sec­tor en­joys strong do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for pro­duc­ing cut­ting-edge, clean en­ergy so­lu­tions that have pro­found ef­fects on en­ergy use across a va­ri­ety of in­dus­try sec­tors – pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and buses, sta­tion­ary and backup power, and ma­te­ri­als han­dling.

Clean en­ergy pol­icy-mak­ers and ex­perts from Canada and China, as well as in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives, joined a con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing the sign­ing cer­e­mony, ex­chang­ing their ideas based on the co­op­er­a­tion of clean tech­nol­ogy be­tween the two coun­tries.

For­mer Coun­selor of the State Coun­cil and Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of Min­istry of Science & Tech­nol­ogy of China, Shi Dinghuan, now pres­i­dent of Chi­nese Re­new­able En­ergy So­ci­ety, hosted the con­ver­sa­tion.

Dai Yande, deputy direc­tor of the En­ergy Re­search In­sti­tute of the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion, joined in the con­ver­sa­tion, stat­ing that China must keep its eye on en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and sup­port the devel­op­ment of re­new­able tech­nol­ogy.

Cé­line Bak, the Global Prac­tice Lead and chair of the Sus­tain­able Tech­nol­ogy Pri­vate Sec­tor Ad­vi­sory Board for Canada’s Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, Trade and Devel­op­ment, out­lined Canada’s progress and chal­lenges on sus­tain­able en­ergy.

“As China is the largest and still grow­ing en­ergy mar­ket in Asia, it has placed a pri­or­ity on clean en­ergy to sup­port its on­go­ing ef­forts to grow, di­ver­sify its en­ergy mix, and help ad­dress en­vi­ron­men­tal and cli­mate change im­pacts,” said Sain­tJac­ques, the Canadian am­bas­sador.

WANG RU / CHINA DAILY

Randy MacEwen, Bal­lard pres­i­dent and CEO, signs sup­ply agree­ments Chi­nese com­pa­nies on Mon­day in Bei­jing.

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