Ballard and Chart Industries to jointly develop liquid hydrogen technology

Ballard Power Systems (a Canadian developer and manufacturer of PEM fuel cell products) has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Chart Industries, Inc. (an American manufacturer of cryogenic equipment ) for the joint development of integrated system solutions.

The agreement covers a fuel cell engine with onboard liquid hydrogen (LH2) storage and vaporisation for the transportation industry, focusing on heavy-duty applications including buses, trucks, rail and marine vessels. The collaboration aims to enable accelerated adoption of hydrogen in heavy-duty transport applications requiring long-range, rapid refuelling and lowest total cost of ownership of the vehicle.

Under the agreement, Chart will provide liquid hydrogen expertise from liquefaction plant to storage, fuelling & onboard tanks; extensive truck LNG tank experience; an existing liquid hydrogen onboard vehicle tank prototype design; fuel to vehicle connection/interface experience; LH2 test lab in Minnesota, US.

Ballard will provide Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology expertise; PEM fuel cell stacks, modules and systems; fuel cell mobility experience with over 70m km of vehicle operation; market access to System Integrators and vehicle OEMs; fuel cell testing facilities in British Columbia, Canada and Denmark.

Jill Evanko, Chart’s CEO and President said: “Given both of our companies’ extensive experience in Class 8 long haul truck, bus, rail and marine areas of transportation as well as hydrogen, this combination of expertise will create a unique, differentiated and cost-effective solution for transportation customers as the industry moves to cleaner power.”

Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO, said: “Together with Chart, we intend to help simplify customers’ buying decisions, regardless of the specific Heavy-Duty Motive application being addressed.”

Jay Faris

Jay is the special correspondent covering the hydrogen market for H2 Bulletin. Click on the email icon to send me an email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: 02081237815
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