Ballard Signs MOU with Azure Hydrogen For Fuel Cell Bus Development in China

May 28, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems has announced the signing of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its partner Azure Hydrogen Corporation of Beijing, China, extending the scope of their collaboration to include fuel cell buses. The MOU with Azure envisions Ballard providing a manufacturing license agreement, engineering services, fuel cell stacks and components. As the MOU is non-binding, it is not a certainty that a definitive contract will be completed, however, the parties will move into the contract phase in the next several months. In the interim, under terms of the MOU, Azure has made a committed $1 million up-front payment to Ballard.

Azure plans to develop fuel cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard's technical support and funding from Chinese sources, including both private investors as well as various levels of Government. If Azure is successful with its plans, the collaboration under this MOU would lead to the deployment of zero emission fuel cell buses in China.

John Sheridan, Ballard President and CEO, signed the MOU with Azure while in Beijing as a guest of the Chinese Government at the "China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services.” Participating in the signing ceremony at the International Trade Fair, along with Mr. Grand Mao, Chairman of Azure and Mr. Sheridan, were Mr. Zhang Younggui, General Secretary of the Investment Association of China and Mr. Guy Saint-Jacques, Canada's Ambassador to China.

Mr. Sheridan said, "This has been a unique opportunity to meet with senior Chinese Government officials and to witness their renewed commitment for clean energy solutions to China's pressing environmental challenges."

Mr. Grand Mao, Chairman of Azure added, "The market in China for clean technology solutions, such as fuel cells, is very large. We are keen to expand our relationship with Ballard, a world-leading fuel cell company, into motive power applications."