Ballard Power Systems has signed a Technology Solutions program with an unnamed customer to develop an air-cooled fuel cell stack for the use in fork lifts. The multi-year program has an initial value of 4.2m dollars to Ballard.
The Technology Solutions program aims to design and validate an ultra-high durability, high performance air-cooled fuel cell stack with a target operating lifetime of 20,000 hours.
A key market opportunity will be the integration of the next-generation stacks into fuel cell systems for fork lift trucks, deployed in high throughput distribution centres and warehouse operations such as Amazon operates for example. Other potential applications include systems for stationary power.