On August 11, Ballard Power Systems announced the deployment of the largest hydrogen fuel cell in the world. This first time deployment demonstrates the viability of clean energy on a large scale.
The fuel cell is the size of a tractor trailer and is completely transportable. It is capable of generating up to one megawatt of power which is enough to power 500 homes or the equivalent of a small town.
The Fuel cell will travel from its manufacturer Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby, B.C., to FirstEnergy Generation Corp, in Eastlake, Ohio for a five year trial run. The utility plans to run the fuel cell during periods of peak demand, to ensure uninterrupted power to customers.
This fuel cell generator is known as CLEARgen(TM) and it is based on Ballard’s proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. As a transportable technology it can replace dirty diesel generators with clean energy solutions in remote communities.It’s also capable of running off by-product hydrogen from chemical plants.
Ballard provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Ballard fuel cells are powering zero-emission bus fleets, providing backup power solutions to cell phone companies and powering fleets of forklift trucks at major distribution centers.