Ballard, Ebara and Osaka Gas Collaborate

October 29, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems (Vancouver, BC) announced that its stationary power subsidiary, Ballard Generation Systems (BGS), its stationary alliance partner, EBARA Corp. (Japan), and EBARA Ballard Corp. have agreed with Osaka Gas (Japan) to collaborate in the development of stationary proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell cogeneration power generators for the Japanese residential market.

”This collaboration broadens the exposure of fuel cell power generation to the Japanese market,” said Mike Murry, COO of Ballard Generation Systems. “We also gain valuable system integration experience incorporating Ballard fuel cells with the fuel processing systems of Osaka Gas.”

EBARA Ballard will design a cogeneration power generator able to provide electric power for Japanese homes and apartments, as well as heat for space heating and hot water. BGS and EBARA will provide support for the project. The generator will incorporate Ballard fuel cells with a compact fuel processing subsystem developed by Osaka Gas. The proposed unit operates at low temperatures and is designed for continuous operation.