Ballard to Supply ElectraGen™-ME Fuel Cell Systems to to Idea Cellular in India
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) will be supplying ElectraGen™-ME fuel cell
systems for a pilot project in Idea Cellular's India telecom network.
The fuel cell systems will be utilized in combination with solar
technology to generate continuous power at five wireless base station
sites. Funding for a feasibility study as well as the pilot project has
been made available through a grant from the United States Trade and
Development Agency (USTDA).
This project will support Idea Cellular's efforts to find clean energy
solutions to replace the use of diesel generators in its network
throughout India. The trial is scheduled to take place in early 2014
utilizing Ballard ElectraGen™-ME 2.5 kilowatt methanol-based fuel cell
systems, which will be deployed in combination with solar power
technology the five Idea Cellular tower sites.
"Idea Cellular, an Aditya Birla Group Company, has been a pioneer in
renewable energy technologies deployment to power telecom sites in
India, for the past several years," said Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Managing
Director at Idea Cellular. "The grant offered by USTDA will further spur our efforts
towards reducing carbon emissions from telecom infrastructure in the
Karim Kassam, Ballard's Vice President of Business Development added,