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Ballard Power Systems on Track in China

Ballard Power Systems on Track in China

As a member of the business delegation on Premier Christy Clark’s trade mission to China Oct. 30-Nov. 7, Ballard Power Systems was a part of a trip that saw great success in developing new trade opportunities in the clean technology sector in China, with agreements on climate change signed between B.C. and the Province of Guangdong, as well as the City of Shenzhen.

Ballard Power Systems signed an agreement on Nov. 2, 2015, to develop and commercialize a fuel cell engine for low-floor trams manufactured by CRRC Qingdao Sifang Company, Ltd.

Ballard will supply 10 FCvelocity heavy duty fuel cell engines for urban trams in Foshan, Guangdong Province, by 2016. These new fuel cell engines will help the city transition to clean mass transit technology.

Ballard is aiming to use the project as a key step in the development and deployment of commercial fuel cell products in China. The scale of opportunities in China, together with Ballard’s approach to localization of product assembly, will help reduce the costs of fuel cell production. The success of projects in China will also help Ballard develop more business in Europe and the United States.

"Clean urban transportation is a high priority in China," said Luo Bin, deputy president of CRRC Qingdao Sifang Company. "Ballard is our chosen partner for fuel cell technology because they have leading fuel cell expertise, experience, capabilities, and a focus on safety, reliability and quality."

Throughout the negotiations, British Columbia’s trade and investment representatives (TIRs) supported the deal by arranging meetings with B.C.’s Special Representative in Asia, Ben Stewart, and Foshan Vice Mayor Xu Guo. BC TIRs helped Foshan build confidence in British Columbia’s advanced fuel cell technologies.

This important deal highlights China’s growing interest in Ballard’s fuel cell and clean mass transit technology and builds on another deal that Ballard recently signed with Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company, Ltd. to develop a fuel cell engine for tram applications. 

Renewable energy and clean technology is a growing focus in China and around the world. British Columbia’s clean tech industry has emerged as an international leader in many clean technologies including fuel cells and clean transportation.

Contact the Ministry of International Trade to discover the benefits of British Columbia as a destination for investment, a partner for trade and innovation, and a source of quality goods, services, and resources around the world. 

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