Ballard Power Systems today unveiled its next-generation high performance liquid-cooled fuel cell stack, the FCgen®-LCS, at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Trade Fair and Convention being held this week in Hannover, Germany.
The FCgen-LCS features important design and performance enhancements, while also offering an impressive reduction in total-cost-of-ownership. This stack will be a core technology component of Ballard’s 8th-generation power module portfolio for use in Heavy Duty Motive applications – including buses, commercial trucks and trains – planned for initial launch in 2019, and other applications such as forklifts.
Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO said, “We are laser focused on strengthening the customer value proposition in Heavy Duty Motive. With the unveiling of the FCgen-LCS, we are once again raising the bar in the industry.”
“The FCgen®-LCS is expected to offer attractive customer value based on significantly reduced capital and operating costs, ultra-high durability, improved power density, impressive freeze start capability, enhanced efficiency, packaging flexibility, and high performance in a broad range of climatic conditions and duty cycles.”
“With today’s unveiling of the FCgen-LCS stack and next year’s planned launch of LCS-based power modules, Ballard will remain the market leader in zero-emission PEM fuel cell power solutions for the Heavy Duty Motive market.”
Dr. Kevin Colbow, Ballard’s Vice-President of Technology and Product Development, added, “The Ballard brand is synonymous with PEM fuel cell technology leadership. Our long-standing investment in PEM fuel cell research and product development, together with more than eight million miles of on-road bus experience with customers across a variety of operating conditions, has resulted in this next generation, high performance PEM fuel cell stack.”
Benefits of the FCgen-LCS, compared to the current generation liquid-cooled fuel cell stack that it will replace, include:
Ballard will be showcasing the FCgen-LCS product in Hannover, Germany at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Trade Fair and Convention, from 19th to 27th September in Hall P11EG, booth 401-02.
Ballard will continue to support the company’s existing customers where current generation FCvelocity®-9SSL fuel cell stack technology is used.