In order to meet the expected growth in fuel cell electric vehicle demand, Ballard Power Systems is expanding its manufacturing capacity for the production of its membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) by six times at its headquarters in Vancouver.
To be complete by early 2021, the upgraded capacity for production of six million MEAs annually, equivalent to approximately 1.66-gigawatts of product, will make the Ballard facility the largest fuel cell MEA production operation globally for commercial vehicles.
Jyoti Sidhu, Ballard Vice President of Operations, said, “We embarked on a strategic investment to expand MEA manufacturing capacity approximately 18-months ago in preparation for expected growth in the demand for fuel cell engines to power heavy- and medium-duty motive applications, including bus, truck, train, and marine vessels.”
“With competition of this expansion programme planned for early 2021, we will be providing a review of our production capacity expansion, including a video overview, during our upcoming virtual Investor and Analyst Day 2020 on 29th September.”
“We have focused on achieving our operational excellence plan as we significantly expand production capacity. In addition to the increased MEA production capability, we are simultaneously expanding our capacity for fuel cell stacks and assembly of complete modules, or engines, in Vancouver by a similar factor of six-times.”
Dr. Lee Sweetland, Ballard Director of Advanced Manufacturing added, “Capacity expansion is being enabled in part through investment in advanced manufacturing technology, together with the extensive use of automation and in-line quality control to drive high yields for product assembly.”
“We are also integrating systems, from the supply chain throughout our manufacturing process, including a Manufacturing Execution System to enhance available data and streamline production.”