Ballard Announces Completed Construction of Stationary Fuel Cell Generator Prototype

July 30, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems (Canada) announced that its subsidiary, Ballard Generation Systems, has completed the construction and commenced in-house testing of its 10kW natural-gas-fueled engineering prototype stationary fuel cell power generator. The unit is being designed for backup, light-industrial and standby applications for telecommunications and other value-added applications.

"The completion of the 10kW natural-gas-fueled engineering prototype marks the achievement of one of the stationary power goals we set out for 2001," said Jim Kirsch, president of Ballard Generation Systems. "We feel there is significant market potential for standby fuel-cell-powered products in this size range. The completion of this engineering prototype is the first major milestone on the road to commercialization of this product family."

The unit is planned to undergo extensive in-house testing throughout the remainder of 2001, leading to the development of the next generation of this product.