Ballard Power's Product Gets Army's Nod, To Help Warfighter

Ballard Power Systems BLDP and its subsidiary — Protonex Technology Corporation (Protonex) — recently announced that the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO-Soldier) has received authorization for its Mobile Soldier Power Program of Record to a to full rate production status.

The new deal will enable the U.S. Army to deploy SPM-622 as part of the Mobile Soldier Power Program of Record going forward.

The SPM-622 is an agile power management device, to aid military forces manage and prioritize power. SPM-622 system will increase mobility and flexibility of the warfighter. The U.S. Department of Defense and Allied militaries have deployed more than 5,500 Protonex SPM Power Manager Kits through the limited production phase of the program.

Expansion through Fuel Cell Projects

Apart from expanding footprint with its subsidiary, Ballard Power is currently making significant progress in Fuel Cell Technology as well.  In the month of September, it announced that it has accepted a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Van Hool NV to provide fuel cell engines to SMTU-PPP (Syndicat Mixte de Transports urbains – Pau Portes des Pyrénées) and the STAP (Société de Transport de l'Agglomération Paloise) in Pau, France. (Read more: Ballard Power to Supply Fuel Cell Engines for Tram-buses)

Earlier, it had announced that it entered into a agreement with SunLine Transit Agency to supply five FCveloCity fuel cell engines. Per the agreement, Ballard’s collaboration with BAE Systems BAESY, and North American bus OEM, ElDorado National, will deliver transit service by supplying fuel cell buses to SunLine Transit Agency.

Notably, fuel cells have become a viable option for vehicles as a result of this technology. Consequently, it has been drawing attention due to zero emissions and reliability benefits. Apart from Ballard Power other companies like Plug Power PLUG and FuelCell Energy, Inc. FCEL are also taking steps to introduce novel fuel cell alternatives.

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