Canadian company inks $10 million deal to power clean-energy buses in China
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.
Randy MacEwen, Ballard president and CEO, signs supply agreements Chinese companies on Monday in Beijing.