Ballard Launches New Outdoor Hydrogen Fuel Cell Solutions for Telecom Backup Power Market

14 Oct 2013

Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) has announced the launch of a standardised fuel cell backup power cabinet solution suitable for outdoor deployment as part of the ElectraGen™ product portfolio for telecom network operators. The new outdoor enclosures are designed to accommodate Ballard’s direct hydrogen backup power systems, and feature modular construction and options enabling customisation.

“We continue to expand our portfolio of telecom backup power solutions in response to growing market demand,” said Tony Cochrane, Ballard Director – Product Management, Telecom Backup Power. “The flexibility of this new outdoor modular power solution, using direct hydrogen fuel, further increases the range of applications in which we can offer unique advantages to telecom operators.”

Ballard’s new outdoor enclosure is available in two versions, standard and compact. This new enclosure features flat-pack construction, enabling on-site assembly, and permits customisable configuration of Ballard’s ElectraGen™-H2 direct hydrogen fuel cell backup power system. In addition, the standard cabinet includes an optional cold weather kit allowing operation in temperatures to -40 degrees.

ElectraGen™-H2 system features include:

  • Customisable power output; up to 10kW in the standard cabinet, and up to 5kW in the compact cabinet
  • Battery-free bridging energy available through the use of ultracapacitors
  • Fully integrated power management
  • Extended duration runtime
  • Simplified plug and play integration
  • Small footprint
  • Zero emissions
  • Attractive lifecycle cost compared to incumbent solutions


The ElectraGen™-H2 system and new outdoor enclosure are developed, manufactured and distributed by Ballard’s backup power subsidiary, Dantherm Power based in Denmark.

The new outdoor ElectraGen™-H2 backup power solution will be on display at “Intelec 2013” ( in Hamburg, Germany, October 14-17. For more information please visit

Ballard also offers ElectraGen™-ME methanol-fuelled systems designed for high reliability, long life and minimal preventive maintenance. They include a fuel reformer that converts HydroPlus™ (a methanol-water liquid fuel mixture) into hydrogen gas to power the fuel cell.


Source: Ballard Power Systems


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