Long range, quick refuelling and low-cost hydrogen-powered buses, trucks, rail and marine vessels are to be developed by industry veterans Ballard Power Systems and Chart Industries as part of a new partnership.
The North American-based companies yesterday (10th Feb) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the collaboration that will focus on the development of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty transport.
Confirming details of the agreement, Chart said it will provide its liquid hydrogen expertise, from liquefaction plants to storage, fuelling and on-board tanks. The cryogenic equipment specialist will also offer an existing liquid hydrogen onboard vehicle tank prototype design.
“Given both of our companies’ extensive experience in the 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,” said Jill Evanko, Chart’s President and CEO.
“We are proud to partner with Ballard, a global proven and focused leader in hydrogen.”
Based in Canada, Ballard will bring its proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology expertise to the partnership, as well as PEM fuel cell stacks, modules and systems.
Both companies will also offer facilities to help develop the heavy-duty vehicles. Chart will offer its liquid hydrogen test lab in Minnesota, US, and Ballard will offer its fuel cell testing facilities in both British Columbia and Denmark.
Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO, added, “Chart Industries is a strong partner for development of integrated and optimised hydrogen solutions that include storage of liquid hydrogen for our fuel cell engines.”
“Together with Chart, we intend to help simplify customers’ buying decisions, regardless of the specific heavy-duty motive application being addressed.”