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Ballard Power Systems and Fusion Fuel commission a green hydrogen project in Portugal

Ballard Power Systems manufactures proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products

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Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) (TSX: BLDP) and Fusion Fuel (Nasdaq: HTOO) commissioned Fusion Fuel’s H2Évora and connected it to the Portuguese electrical grid for green hydrogen conversion.

The commissioning of the H2Évora facility is the company’s first FCWAVE fuel cell module in-service for a stationary application. It uses the company’s core technology to deliver zero emission power for multiple applications.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to commission our H2Évora project, Portugal’s first fully integrated solar-to-green hydrogen plant. While this modest facility has effectively been superseded by some of the larger-scale projects we have under development, its value cannot be understated. We can now look forward to H2Évora providing emissions-free power to the grid for many years to come, a demonstration of the flexibility of green hydrogen and our HEVO-Solar solution, particularly considering the protracted energy crisis roiling European markets. The facility will also serve as an important proving ground for our R&D team as we continue to roll out future iterations of our technology. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who had a hand in helping us achieve this critical milestone,” said Frederico Figueira de Chaves, co-head and chief financial officer at Fusion Fuel.

Ballard Power Systems manufactures proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for heavy-duty motive, portable power, material handling and engineering services. In contrast, Fusion Fuel has committed to pushing the energy transition away from fossil fuels to clean hydrogen. It’s accomplished this by making a hydrogen generator powered by a miniaturized PEM electrolyzer that allows off-grid green hydrogen production. Fusion sells its electrolyzer tech to customers looking to get into green hydrogen production, but owns and operates its plants. The company sells the hydrogen a commodity to end-users through purchase agreements.

Read more: ‘Green’ hydrogen can reduce global carbon emissions: IMTY

Read more: The Mugglehead technology roundup: climate change fighters edition

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The demonstration project consists of 15 HEVO-Solar units and plant equipment. Consequently, it will avoid 135 tons of CO2 emissions and produce 15 tons of hydrogen per year every year. A 200-kilowatt FCwave fuel cell module supplied by Ballard Power comes with the facility, which converts green hydrogen into electricity. This will enable Fusion Fuel to sell power to the grid during peak demand periods.

“Portugal aspires to be at the forefront of all green hydrogen projects and is relying on Fusion Fuel to help achieve this goal. The H2Évora project, due to its pioneering spirit, is a perfect example of how Fusion Fuel can contribute to our collective success,” said João Galamba, deputy minister and secretary of state for energy in Portugal.


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