Ballard Power Systems
4343 North Fraser Way
Burnaby BC V5J 5J9
Ballard Power Systems Inc.
Ballard Delivers First Prototypes of Third Generation Long-life Fuel Cell for
Reduced size and weight; designed for 40,000 hour lifetime
For Immediate Release June 8, 2006
Vancouver, Canada Ballard has delivered the first prototypes of its next generation fuel cell, the Mark 1030
V3, for the residential cogeneration market to EBARA BALLARD Corporation (Ballard's Japan-based joint
venture with the EBARA Corporation). The prototypes are for integration and testing in 1 kW residential
cogeneration systems. Featuring increased reliability and lifetime, with significantly less weight and volume, the
Mark 1030 V3 fuel cell has been designed in alignment with the 2008 Japanese government targets of 40,000
hours operation, equivalent to a system lifetime of 10 years in the home.
"Ballard remains focused on building a commercial fuel cell business by advancing our core fuel cell technologies
and products, and by demonstrating growth in key markets such as Japan," said Noordin Nanji, Ballard's Chief
Customer Officer. "Together with our key partners and customers, Ballard is firmly committed to the residential
cogeneration market and meeting the needs, and budgets, of Japanese consumers."
LEADERSHIP IN THE LAB
The commercial lifetime requirement for the Japanese residential fuel cell cogeneration system is 10 years. Ballard
has developed new accelerated lifetime testing procedures to ensure that the Mark 1030 V3 fuel cell meets this
goal. This testing will provide data to validate the lifetime of the product, without the need for 10 years of testing.
Other key features of the Mark 1030 V3 fuel cell include:
Product cost reduction is a core focus at Ballard and EBARA BALLARD for both the next generation fuel cell
and the complete residential cogeneration system. Under the residential fuel cell