George Skinner, a safety expert with Ballard Power Systems, based in Vancouver, Canada, discusses why hydrogen makes sense as a marine fuel.
As a global provider of innovative clean energy solutions, Ballard Power Systems has years of experience in the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell systems for land-based use, with the first developments dating back to 1983.
By: Alfred Wong, Ballard Managing Director, Asia-Pacific. ---------------------------
Ballard Power Systems wishes to congratulate CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. (“CRRC Sifang”) – part of CRRC, the world’s largest manufacturer of rolling stock – on its receipt of the International Hydrogen Energy Association’s “Sir William Grove Award” at the 22nd World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC 2018) held June 17-22, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The award recognizes CRRC Sifang’s leadership in the development of hydrogen fuel cell trams. CRRC Sifang is the only train OEM to have ever won this prestigious award.
In 2015, CRRC Sifang developed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram – using a Ballard FCveloCity® module – and successfully demonstrated it at its head office, production and testing facility. The tram had a long cruising range, used no overhead catenary wires and produced no pollutants.
Later that year CRRC Sifang and Ballard signed a Joint Development Agreement and a supply agreement to develop and commercialize a fuel cell module specifically designed for integration into low floor trams. Since that time Ballard has worked to develop a new configuration of its FCveloCity® fuel cell module, delivering 200 kilowatts (kW) of net power for use in powering trams in urban deployments.
Ballard has delivered 10 modules to CRRC Sifang for integration. A Phase 1 deployment of 5 fuel cell-powered trams is planned by CRRC Sifang and the Gaoming district of the city of Foshan beginning in the first half of 2019, with additional trams planned for deployment in subsequent operational phases.
It is also noteworthy that, in 1998, Ballard was the first company to receive the Sir William Grove Award for its Leadership in the Electrochemical Area.
Publicly listed fuel cell companies have yet to post a profitable year. But Canada’s Ballard Power Systems recently announced the next best thing: positive adjusted EBITDA over the trailing 12-month period ending on June 30.
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NREL has published a new report showing that the average fuel economy of fuel cell electric buses from three fleets is approximately 6 miles per diesel gallon equivalent or DGE, 1.4 times higher than conventional diesel buses (about 4.2 miles per DGE) from one fleet and up to 1.9 times higher than compressed natural gas buses (about 3.3 miles per DGE) in another fleet.
Just as their commercial use begins to spread, fuel-cell technology is improving the way drones are powered.
FCH JU project NewBusFuel has just finished and its conclusions demonstrate that hydrogen refueling in large-scale bus depots is not only technically feasible, it is also commercially viable.
Video where global transit leaders explain the importance of getting involved with fuel cell buses.
This presentation provides an overview of key features associated with the use of fuel cells for unmanned vehicle applications.
After two decades of automotive fuel-cell development, industry interest, declining costs and increasing regulations make the prospects for a hydrogen-fueled future brighter than ever.
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