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Additional hydrogen fuel cells ordered for expanded CP locomotive program

By | January 19, 2022

Ballard Power Systems will provide 14 fuel cells for three-locomotive effort

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A screen capture from a video released last year by Emissions Reduction Alberta shows Canadian Pacific’s hydrogen fuel-cell locomotive under construction. CP has ordered additional fuel cells for the expanded program. (Emissions Reduction Alberta)

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Ballard Power Systems said it has received an order for additional hydrogen fuel cell modules for the expansion of Canadian Pacific’s hydrogen locomotive test program.

The order for eight additional 200 kilowatt fuel cell modules brings to 14 the total ordered by CP. The additional orders reflect CP’s move to expand the program from one locomotive to three, thanks in part to financial support from Emissions Reduction Alberta, as announced last year [see “CP to build additional hydrogen locomotives …,” Trains News Wire, Nov. 1, 2021].

“In expanding this groundbreaking project, CP is demonstrating its commitment to combating climate change through transformative technology,” CP CEO Keith Creel said in a press release. “I am very pleased that Emissions Reduction Alberta selected this program for a grant and I eagerly anticipate seeing a hydrogen-powered locomotive move CP customer freight in the near future.”

Ballard CEO Randy MacEwan said, “The expansion of CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program is illustrative of the confidence in Ballard’s fuel cell technology and the important role hydrogen fuel cells will play in decarbonizing heavy-duty motive applications, such as freight locomotives.”

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