Ballard Power Scores Big
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BURNABY, BC, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - It's the size of a tractor trailer, it's on
wheels and completely transportable, with the capacity to power a small
town. And now the world's largest hydrogen fuel cell - one of the
world's cleanest and greenest sources of energy - will soon be on its
way from Burnaby, B.C., to Eastlake, Ohio for a five year trial run -
the first ever deployment of its kind. The media are invited to see this
remarkable powerhouse-on-wheels for themselves this Thursday before it
leaves for Ohio.
The deal between Ballard Power Systems
and Ohio's FirstEnergy Generation
Corp will allow the U.S. utility to activate this fuel cell
generator - known as CLEARgen™ and based on Ballard's proton exchange
membrane (PEM) technology - during periods of peak demand, taking strain
off the power grid and ensuring uninterrupted power to customers during
the summer when demand is highest. The fuel cell system is capable of
generating up to one megawatt of power - enough to power 500 homes on
"It's a huge leap forward and a significant first for Ballard," said Michael
Goldstein, Ballard's Chief Commercial Officer. "More importantly, we
believe this deal helps ensure that fuel cell technology will be an
integral part of the clean energy solution identified as a priority by
Because fuel cells use hydrogen to generate electricity - producing only
heat and water as by-products - they are a far more
environmentally-friendly means of generating power than diesel or coal.
And because the Ballard generator is transportable, it can be relocated
to other sites on a seasonal basis.
Not only is Ballard's CLEARgen™ useful for utilities, it can also
provide a clean energy solution to remote communities in Canada and
around the world, which are too far from the electrical grid and forced
to rely on noisy, dirty diesel generators for power.
It's also capable of running off by-product hydrogen from chemical
plants to generate clean electricity for sale to the power grid or to
power the plant. That's exactly what Ballard will now be doing with K2
Pure Solutions at their bleach plant in California.
Ballard fuel cells are also powering zero-emission bus fleets, providing
backup power solutions to cell phone companies in Canada and around the
world and powering fleets of forklift trucks at major distribution
The media are invited to tour the world's biggest
hydrogen fuel cell generator on Thursday, August 12th. Michael
Goldstein, Ballard's Chief Commercial Officer, will also be on hand for
Thursday, August 12, 2010
9000 Glenlyon Parkway
"It's a huge leap forward and a significant first for
Ballard," said Michael Goldstein, Ballard's Chief Commercial Officer.
"More importantly, we believe this deal helps ensure that fuel cell
technology will be an integral part of the clean energy solution
identified as a priority by President Obama."
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD; NASDAQ: BLDP)
provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power
systems for a range of applications. To learn more about Ballard, please
FirstEnergy Generation Corp. is a
subsidiary of Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), the fifth
largest investor-owned electric system in the U.S., with 4.5 million
customers. To learn more about FirstEnergy, please visit FirstEnergy
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