Europe is an important market for Ballard with strong drivers to support the deployment of fuel cell technology.
We are Europe’s leading fuel cell company with 100+ employees mainly focused on R&D, engineering, manufacturing, sales, and customer care as well as a commercial presence in Denmark, Germany, UK, Norway and France.
Ballard’s team of experienced engineers, our intellectual property, and our state-of-the-art facilities have driven us to the forefront of fuel cell technology leadership. We support our customers with high-value service, training, and after-sales support to accelerate fuel cell deployment.
From our European headquarter in Hobro Denmark, our business activities focus on the following:
Marine Center of Excellence
In 2019 we established the Marine Center of Excellence in Hobro, Denmark where our fuel cell module FCwaveTM is designed and built. The Center is dedicated to the engineering, manufacturing and service of heavy-duty fuel cell modules specifically for the marine industry, and has an annual production capacity of more than 40 MW of fuel cell modules.
We collaborate closely with the marine industry to deliver reliable and innovative solutions that enables customers to meet requirements for zero-emission marine propulsion.
Critical Communication Infrastructure Center of Excellence
We deliver fuel cell solutions for the critical infrastructure market with a special focus on telecommunication, fiber broadband and the TETRA networks. At our facilities in Hobro, Denmark we build the FCgen®-H2PM fuel cell system specifically designed for backup power.
Ballard Europe Customer Care
Ballard is committed to providing the highest level of service to our customers. Our mission is to improve the overall customer journey - from first contact through delivery and to after sales services.
As an example of our extensive customer care, we have established a team to support transit operators deploying fuel cell electric buses. Operating from Ballard Europe in Hobro, Denmark, our customer care team is committed to supporting Ballard-powered zero-emission FC applications in revenue service in Europe.
Over the years, Ballard has developed strong partnerships with industry leaders in several motive and stationary market segments in development and demonstration projects to validate the viability of fuel cell technology.
Click here to see some of our project collaborations.
Jesper Themsen, President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Themsen has been President & CEO at Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S since 2011.
From 2007 to 2011, Mr. Themsen was Chief Technology Officer at Dantherm Power A/S, which has since become Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S, a leading provider of fuel cell systems. Before establishing Dantherm Power A/S, Mr. Themsen served as Manager of Business Development and Manager of Research & Development at Dantherm Air Handling A/S from 2000 to 2007.
Mr. Themsen holds a M.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Thermal engineering from Aalborg University. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Management from Aalborg University, and has completed an Executive Leadership Development program with the Confederation of Danish Industry.
Danny Straten, Chief Financial Officer
Danny Straten joined Ballard Europe as Chief Financial Officer in January 2015.
Mr. Straten previously served as CFO of Kompan Inc. before joining Ballard. Prior to Kompan Inc, Mr. Straten served as Operations Director for TeeJet Technologies Denmark ApS for a number of years. Mr. Straten worked 10 years as an auditor for Ernst & Young in both Denmark and New Zealand.
Board of Directors
Randy MacEwen, Chairman - Ballard Power Systems
Jesper Themsen President & CEO - Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S
Kevin Colbow, Ballard Power Systems