Ballard Progresses Licensing Strategy Through Telecom Backup Power Agreement In China
RUGAO, CHINA, June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) today announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Azure Hydrogen (Azure) in relation to an assembly license for Telecom Backup Power systems for the China market. The agreement has a value of approximately $6 million over the 2014-15 period.
John Sheridan, Ballard's President and Chief Executive Officer said, "The Telecom Backup Power market is a key growth driver for our business and is also a significant opportunity in China given the scale of the market and China's growing focus on clean energy technology."
In addition to the payment for the assembly license, under the agreement Ballard will be the exclusive supplier of subsystems – including FCgen TM-1020ACS air-cooled fuel cell stacks and fuel processors – and will receive a royalty payment for each Telecom Backup Power system sold in China, should Azure successfully execute its Business Plan and achieve volume commitments.
Licensing of Ballard's deep portfolio of fuel cell intellectual property (IP) and fundamental know-how, including the recently acquired IP portfolio of United Technologies Corporation which encompasses approximately 800 PEM fuel cell patents, is a key element of the Company's three-level business model, along with product sales and Engineering Services.Fuel cell systems provide highly reliable backup power solutions for wireless telecom operators at an attractive lifecycle cost. Ballard's ElectraGen™ portfolio of fuel cell power generation systems, fuelled by either direct hydrogen or methanol, are particularly well suitable for extended duration runtime applications. These compact, scalable systems offer significant financial and environmental advantages in comparison to the alternatives of lead acid batteries or diesel generators. About Ballard Power SystemsBallard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com. This release contains forward-looking statements concerning anticipated market growth drivers, product attributes and corresponding value propositions for our customers. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard's current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard's assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand.
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