Ballard MK1030 Fuel Cell Installed at Japanese PM Residence

April 14, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems Inc. (Vancouver, BC, Canada) announced the delivery of a commercial fuel cell power generator system for the Japanese Prime Minister's new official residence. The unit, manufactured by Ebara Ballard Corp. (Japan) was delivered by Tokyo Gas, the key component of which is Ballard's 1 kW liquid-cooled MK1030 fuel cell module/co-generation stack.

The systems have been installed as part of Japan's efforts to protect the environment and conserve energy through the promotion of fuel cell technology. The co-generation systems have the potential to reduce household energy use by 20% and carbon dioxide emissions by 30%. In 2005, the Japanese government has committed approximately $23 million in subsidies for residential co-generation systems to support the advancement of the technology and market.

"The Japanese government continues to show tremendous foresight in its support of fuel cell initiatives through policy and promotion. In many ways, Japan leads the world by example," said Ballard Power Systems President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Campbell. "With the support of Tokyo Gas, the supply of our MK1030 fuel cell module and our close partnership in Ebara Ballard, we are proud to play a role in helping Japan and the world realize the potential of fuel cell technology today."