Ballard to supply cells to Van Hool

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CANADA Ballard Power Systems has signed an equipment supply agreement with Van Hool NV for 21 latest-generation FCvelocityTMHD6 fuel cell power modules.

The modules feature a control unit which interfaces with a system controller to make a “plug-andplay” product for any fuel cell or hybrid fuel cell bus platform, and will power zero-emission buses to be deployed in several European cities. These will be named after completion of the associated contracts between Van Hool and transport authorities in these cities.

It is expected that the majority of the modules will be shipped in 2012.

Belgian-based Van Hool previously engineered and produced five hybrid fuel cell buses, using Ballard power modules, for deployment in Oslo, Norway.

MD Leopold Van Hool said: “We are pleased to be using Ballard fuel cell modules, building on its proven track record of reliability and durability. These modules are compact, while delivering the high performance required for heavy Higer produces a range of buses and coaches duty city buses.”