Ballard Power Systems Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell products for markets such as heavy-duty motive (consisting of bus and tram applications), portable power, material handling as well as technology solutions including engineering services. Ballard has designed and shipped over 400 MW of fuel cell products to date.
|Ballard Power Systems Inc.|
|Headquarters||Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada|
Ian Bourne, chairman of the board of directors
Number of employees
|630 (Dec 2017)|
Ballard was founded in 1979 under the name Ballard Research Inc. to conduct research and development on high-energy lithium batteries. Since committing to the development of PEM fuel cell technology in 1989, Ballard has delivered PEM fuel cell products worldwide to a number of leading product manufacturers.
On February 1, 2008, Ballard spun out Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC)  to allow for further expansion of fuel cell technology. After the split, Ballard continued as a publicly traded company focusing on non-automotive applications (including buses), while AFCC became a privately held company of 150 employees, developing hydrogen fuel cell stacks for automobiles. AFCC's initial ownership split was Daimler AG (50.1%), Ford Motor Company (30.0%), and Ballard itself (19.9%).