Ballard Power Systems has signed a follow-on contract with a major automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to provide its technology for fuel cell vehicle (FCV) engine development.

Under the extended Technology Solutions agreement, Ballard will provide its proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology to advance the anonymous customer’s membrane electrode assembly (MEA) development programme.

This project aims to advance future versions of the automotive OEM’s engine for FCVs.

The MEA-related work will be undertaken by Ballard engineers and test technicians in conjunction with the OEM’s in-house fuel cell technical team.

Ballard’s President and CEO Randy MacEwan said that the Canadian company was “uniquely positioned” to offer bundled technology solutions with its intellectual capital and intellectual property focused on PEM technology.

“This next phase of our collaboration with this partner sets a clear roadmap for Ballard technology”

Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard’s Vice-President, Technology and Product Development

Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard’s Vice-President, Technology and Product Development, added, “This next phase of our collaboration with this partner sets a clear roadmap for Ballard technology being integrated into future generations of their FCV platforms.”

This latest extension is further to a contract signed and announced between the two parties on 20th July 2016.

PEM electrolysis is an important technology for hydrogen production to be used as an energy carrier, with dynamic response time, large operational ranges, high efficiencies and high gas purities.