Ballard Power Systems has received a major order for 2.4 MW of fuel cell engines from Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC), following a successful relationship over the past two years in which Ballard supplied 38 fuel cell engines totaling 7.6 MW for CPKC's hydrogen-powered locomotives. The additional locomotives are expected to be in service by the end of 2024.
The new order includes twelve 200 kW fuel cell engines, scheduled for delivery in 2023. These engines will play a crucial role in CPKC's expansion of hydrogen-powered locomotives, catering to regular switching and local freight services in Alberta.
Funding for these locomotives will be provided in part by the Emissions Reduction Alberta ("ERA") programme. This strategic partnership aligns with the province's commitment to environmental and economic goals by promoting the decarbonisation of rail through investments in hydrogen production, refuelling infrastructure and hydrogen-powered locomotives.
“This latest order demonstrates CPKC’s continued progress against this vision and plan, while also serving as another proof point for the enabling role of Ballard’s fuel cell engines in the electrification of locomotive rail applications in North America,” said Seungsoo Jung, Ballard’s Vice President of Rail & Emerging Markets.