Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today joined the Party Secretary of China’s Guangdong Province, Mr. Hu Chunhua, and his delegation for a tour of the future site of Ballard’s planned joint venture with Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. Ltd. (“Synergy”) in the Foshan (Yunfu) Industrial Transfer Park in Yunfu, Guangdong Province (“Yunfu Fuel Cell Park”).
On July 18, Ballard announced the signing of definitive agreements with Synergy for the establishment of an FCvelocity®-9SSL fuel cell stack production operation and joint venture in the City of Yunfu, in Guangdong Province. The fuel cell stacks will be packaged into locally-assembled fuel cell engines and integrated into zero-emission buses and commercial vehicles in China. Subject to closing, the transaction has a contemplated minimum value to Ballard of $168 million over 5-years. The transaction is scheduled to close in 2016, subject to customary closing conditions including required regulatory approvals.
Secretary Hu’s delegation also toured Synergy’s fuel cell module assembly facility and the Foshan Feichi fuel cell bus assembly operation, both in the Yunfu Fuel Cell Park. Synergy also demonstrated 12 different fuel cell vehicles, including ten 11-meter Feichi buses with Ballard’s FCveloCity®-HD 85-kilowatt (kW) fuel cell engine, one 6.9-meter Feichi bus with Ballard’s FCveloCity®-MD 30kW fuel cell engine, and one 7-tonne Dongfeng Special Vehicle commercial truck with an integrated 30kW fuel cell engine. The 11-meter Feichi fuel cell bus design recently achieved a major technical and commercial milestone – national government certification as a permitted fuel cell bus in China.
“Ballard and our Foshan-Yunfu partners have made significant progress since Secretary Hu’s visit to Ballard in Vancouver in May,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO. “The Yunfu plan for locally assembled fuel cell stacks, fuel cell modules and fuel cell buses is now in focus.”
Mr. Frank Ma, Chairman of Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology Co. Ltd. said, “Ballard is the preeminent fuel cell brand for buses and commercial vehicles in China. Together we are positioning fuel cells as a compelling solution for clean energy buses and commercial vehicles in China’s high-population cities where air quality is a top priority. By localizing stack and module production, we will drive costs down to enable sustainable market demand for fuel cell buses and commercial vehicles based on economics, zero emissions and passenger experience.”
Guangdong Province, the most populace province in China with more than 100 million people, includes the cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen and accounts for more than 25% of China’s foreign trade. Guangdong Province is investing in clean energy mass transit solutions to help address the environmental objectives of China’s 13th 5-Year Plan, including improved air quality.
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