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Friday, June 24, 2011

Ballard Power Systems making inroads in Germany as Germans avoid nuclear power.

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Ballard Fuel Cell Products Provide Backup Power Solution for German City Council Headquarters5:30PM ET on Thursday Jun  2011 by CNW Group
--  Reaffirms benefits of clean fuel cell energy for
        uninterruptible power supply

Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) announced that its FCgen(®)-1020ACS fuel cell stack is the power source for a ten kilowatt (kW) backup power system deployed by Heliocentris Energy Solutions AG, specialist in environmentally-friendly energy storage solutions. A total of eight 1.2 kW Heliocentris Nexa 1200 fuel cell systems - using Ballard stacks - provide extended duration backup power to critical information technology services at the City Council headquarters of Meiningen, Germany.

The direct hydrogen system is hybridized together with lithium-ion batteries and deployed for indoor use. This replaces an uninterruptible power supply system using lead-acid batteries, which has proven insufficient for long power outages. This installation is the latest in a series of field trials demonstrating capabilities of the Heliocentris solution to industrial customers having requirements that include remote monitoring stations, emergency power supplies and auxiliary power units. Heliocentris also designs fuel cell training systems for the educational market.

Backup power solutions based on fuel cell technology deliver a number of advantages over conventional batteries and diesel generators, including higher reliability across a wide range of operating conditions, lower maintenance costs, longer operating life as well as reduced size, weight, installation footprint, noise signature and environmental impact. Ballard's FCgen(®)-1020ACS fuel cell stack enables all of these advantages with its compact and cost-effective air-cooled design.

The trial in Meiningen is being supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development as part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme (NIP). NOW GmbH National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology is in charge of coordinating the NIP.

About Ballard Power Systems Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products contain proprietary esenciaTM technology, ensuring incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit

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More than 100-megawatts (100 MW) of Ballard fuel cell stacks, modules & systems have powered clean energy solutions for customers in a variety of countries on five continents. A few examples follow -

Backup Power

Dantherm Power is Ballard’s direct channel into the rapidly expanding wireless telecom backup power market, deploying 2kW and 5kW direct hydrogen DBX systems in mission-critical applications for such customers as Wind Mobile. Read more...

IdaTech integrates Ballard fuel cells into its methanol-based ElectraGen™ ME systems for backup power applications with such customers as Hutchison Telecom.  Read more...

Distributed Generation

Deployment of a Ballard 1MW CLEARgen™ system will enable Toyota to satisfy peak power needs at their office complex in Torrance, CA. The system will be fuelled by hydrogen produced from steam-reformation of renewable bio-gas generated at a landfill.  Read more...

A Ballard CLEARgen™ system will convert by-product hydrogen from bleach production into clean load-following electricity at a K2 Pure Solutions plant in Pittsburg, CA.  Read more...

FirstEnergy Corp. and Ballard are testing a 1MW CLEARgen™ system – designed to produce enough electricity to power more than 600 homes.  Read more...

Material Handling


Plug Power has deployed over 1,200 GenDriveTM systems, exclusively using Ballard fuel cell stacks, with such customers as WalMart, Sysco, BMW, Coca-Cola, Central Grocers, FedEx and Wegmans Read more...


BAE Systems is a pioneer in the development and deployment of hybrid drive propulsion systems for diesel hybrid transit buses. Leveraging its extensive knowledge of hybrid drives, BAE Systems has integrated Ballard fuel cell modules for operation in buses with such customers as Sunline Transit Agency.  Read more...

TuttoTrasporti is the largest Brazilian integrator of hybrid transit buses … and, a TUTTO hybrid system incorporating Ballard fuel cell modules is currently operating in Sao Paulo under a UNDP/EMTU program.  Read more...

Van Hool is the 4th largest bus manufacturer in Europe, offering a complete range of buses for public transport in international markets … integration of Ballard fuel cell modules into Van Hool hybrid buses, for operation by the HyNor Oslo Buss group in the greater Oslo area, is in process now.  Read more...

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