VANCOUVER, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) has announced that the Company's production facility in Tijuana, Mexico manufactured 215 ElectraGen TM-ME systems in Q1 2013, establishing a new record high production level at the plant.
The 37,000 square foot Tijuana facility was established in 2007. Ballard assumed management in January, 2013 as part of the agreement previously announced last August under which the Company acquired key assets from IdaTech LLC. Located in a local business park, the production facility currently employs approximately 65 highly skilled Mexican contract workers.
David Whyte, Ballard's Director of Operations said, "We have been working diligently for the past several months to complete the integration of the Tijuana manufacturing facility into our corporate operations. The record Q1 production level reflects the growing demand for fuel cell backup power systems and we believe that we have the potential to ramp up to 900 ElectraGen TM-ME systems per quarter at the plant."
The Tijuana facility is certified under ISO 9001 'Quality Management Systems', consistent with Ballard's ongoing focus on stringent quality standards.ElectraGenTM-ME systems incorporate a fuel reformer to extract hydrogen from HydroPlus TM, a mixture of methanol and water available from accredited suppliers around the world. The hydrogen is then used as feedstock for the fuel cells. Methanol is a readily available fuel around the globe, making ElectraGen TM-ME a practical solution for telecom backup power needs, even in remote locations. Ballard's portfolio of highly reliable fuel cell power generation systems provides more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solutions for short duration runtime and extended duration runtime telecom backup power applications than the alternatives of lead-acid batteries and diesel generators.