Bioenergy, Hydropower

Ballard, Ford Introduce Hydrogen Genset

Ballard Power Systems and Ford Power Products, the powertrain sales office of Ford Motor Company, have jointly demonstrated Ballard’s Ecostar(TM) hydrogen generator set (genset), the world’s first hydrogen fueled internal combustion engine driven genset.

Dearborn, Michigan – August 8, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Ecostar hydrogen genset will be the cleanest combustion generator on the market. This environmental profile makes the genset an attractive alternative to small turbines or combustion engines using other fuels. The initial market for this product will be utilities for peak power applications. “Working with Ford Power Products, we are proud to demonstrate Ballard’s leadership in the introduction of revolutionary, clean, power generation solutions,” said Ross Witschonke, Vice President and General Manager of Ballard’s Electric Drives & Power Conversion Division. “In addition to providing our customers with clean, siteable power, this new product will provide Ballard with early revenue opportunities, will increase public awareness of alternative fuels and power solutions and assist in the development of a hydrogen infrastructure.” The Ecostar hydrogen genset is capable of producing 114 kVA of power at several voltage levels and phase options and is based upon a standard 6.8-liter Ford production engine that has been modified and warranted by Ford Power Products for hydrogen use. Commercial production of the hydrogen genset will begin in the fourth quarter of 2002. “The adaptation from a research and development proof-of-concept engine to a production ready design was a short 12 months, a tribute to our team, development partner Ballard and suppliers,” said Paul Moore, Director of Operations and Sales for Ford Power Products. The Ecostar hydrogen genset joins the natural gas fueled genset introduced by Ballard three weeks ago, as the second product in the family of gensets introduced by Ballard using Ford Power Products engines. Additional Ecostar gensets, providing cost effective solutions to customers, enhanced performance and a superior environmental profile, are expected to be introduced over the next few years. Ford Power Products supplies and markets Ford powertrains for use in non-automotive applications. Since 1947, it has been a global leader in providing superior value in power systems and service for industrial, marine and on-highway OEMs. Ford Power Products’ strategy includes a strong position in emerging fuels and emissions technology.