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June 11, 2015

Ballard signs fuel cell tram framework agreement with Tangshan Railway

Canada-based Ballard Power Systems has signed a framework agreement with Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company (TRC) for fuel cell module development to power trams in China.

Canada-based Ballard Power Systems has signed a framework agreement with Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company (TRC) for fuel cell module development to power trams in China.

The deal will see development of a new fuel cell module that will be designed to meet the requirements of tram or ground transport vehicle (GTV) applications.

Under the deal, TRC trams will use next-generation Ballard fuel cell power modules designed specifically for this application.

"TRC trams will use next-generation Ballard fuel cell power modules designed specifically for this application."

Initially, Ballard will provide technology solutions, as well as assist with the design and integration of a fuel cell power module for use on a prototype Tangshan tram, which is expected to be unveiled next year.

As China’s first manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock, TRC has delivered a number of important ‘firsts’ in China, including the first locomotive passenger train, freight wagon; inspection train, titling train, and 70% low-floor light rail train.

In January 2011, TRC also recorded the world’s fastest railway test speed of 487.3km/h.

TRC has so far built more than 10,000 trains and it offers a range of electric train cars and magnetic levitation products, as well as technologies for electric multiple unit (EMU) system integration and network controls.

Ballard Power Systems offers clean-energy products that reduce costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel cell programmes.

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