Chart Industries has joined forces with Ballard Power Systems to develop long range, quick refuelling and low-cost heavy-duty hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The North American companies yesterday (10th Feb) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for project that will develop vehicles such as buses, trucks, trains and marine vessels.

Confirming details of the partnership, Chart said it will provide its liquid hydrogen expertise, from liquefaction plants to storage, fuelling and on-board tanks.

An existing liquid hydrogen onboard vehicle tank prototype design will also be offered by Chart, along with fuel to vehicle connection and interface experience

“Given both of our companies’ extensive experience in the Class 8 long haul truck, bus, rail and marine areas of transportation as well as hydrogen, this combination of expertise will create a unique, differentiated and cost-effective solution for transportation customers as the industry moves to cleaner power,” said Jill Evanko, President and CEO of Chart. 

“We are proud to partner with Ballard, a global proven and focused leader in hydrogen.”

Based in Canada, Ballard will bring its proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology expertise to the partnership, as well as PEM fuel cell stacks, modules and systems.

Additionally, Ballard will offer fuel cell mobility experience with over 70m km of vehicle operation and market access to system integrators and vehicle OEMs.

Randy MacEwen, Ballard President and CEO, added, “Chart Industries is a strong partner for development of integrated and optimised hydrogen solutions that include storage of liquid hydrogen for our fuel cell engines.” 

“Together with Chart, we intend to help simplify customers’ buying decisions, regardless of the specific heavy-duty motive application being addressed.”

Both companies will dedicate facilities to help develop the heavy-duty vehicles. Chart will offer its liquid hydrogen test lab in Minnesota, US, and Ballard will offer its fuel cell testing facilities in both British Columbia and Denmark.