Ballard Power Systems Purchase Order
Ballard Power Systems today has received a purchase order from Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited for an FCveloCity-HD fuel cell module and related support to power a HydroFLEX train in the U.K.
"I am delighted that BCRRE has chosen to work with Porterbrook on this exciting fuel cell project. We have also engaged Ballard, a leading fuel cell company, to supply a fuel cell module and support services,” said Stephen McGurk, Chief Commercial Officer, Porterbrook. “The HydroFLEX will not only showcase rail innovation, it will also demonstrate how the private sector railway can effectively partner with educational bodies to jointly deliver real benefits to passengers, train operators and the communities our railways serve."
Porterbrook will provide a Class 319 electric train for conversion by BCRRE's technical and research experts into a HydroFLEX hydrogen-powered train. The train will utilize Ballard's power module and Ballard will also provide system controls development, mechanical integration of sub-systems and other components.
The HydroFLEX will be the U.K.'s first fully sized hydrogen demonstrator train. It will showcase how hydrogen can be used to power a train that retains the ability to operate across existing electric routes, on either 3rd rail or 25kV overhead power. Testing and demonstration runs are planned for the summer of 2019 at RailLive, which will take place at Long Marston in Warwickshire.
"We are pleased to work with Porterbrook and BCRRE on the HydroFLEX rail program. As evidenced by this activity in the U.K., along with our work on fuel cell rail programs in Germany and China, momentum is rapidly building behind the development and deployment of Heavy Duty Motive fuel cell solutions for both inter-city trains as well as intra-city trams,” said Jesper Themsen, President and CEO, Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S. “Ballard is now actively working with a number of the world's most important players in the rolling stock sector, including Porterbrook, to meet this growing requirement."