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Ballard Power Systems Plans Rockwall, Texas, Production Operations

Ballard Power Systems, a provider of innovative clean energy fuel cell solutions, plans to establish an integrated fuel cell production Gigafactory in Rockwall, Texas. The $160 million project is expected to create 100 jobs.

The new manufacturing facility, located on 22 acres in the Rockwall Technology Park, will have annual production capacity of 8 million membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), 8 million bipolar plates, 20,000 fuel cell stacks, and up to 20,000 fuel cell engines per year, or the equivalent of 3 gigawatts of fuel cells.

“We are thrilled to be recommended for participation in the Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President & Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful for the strong support of the DOE’s hydrogen policies that position the U.S. for future scaling of hydrogen and fuel cells. This is particularly important as the U.S. accelerates a path towards environmental sustainability and energy security, while continuing to boost domestic manufacturing and bolster critical supply chains. We are also excited to unveil the next stage of our ‘local for local’ manufacturing strategy, which will feature cutting-edge fuel cell manufacturing technologies across our fuel cell production value chain, enabling cost competitive solutions at scale.”

The project is being supported by the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation (REDC), which owns and manages the Rockwall Technology Park. The REDC has provided a mix of land, financial, fee and permit incentives, while assisting in the planning and approval process. “We are thrilled that Ballard chose Rockwall, Texas for this transformative project. We believe the choice of Rockwall speaks to our strong advanced manufacturing workforce, logistical advantages, and first-class shovel ready sites we have available in the Rockwall Technology Park,” noted Phil Wagner, President of the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation. “Ballard’s planned investment will go a long way in enabling continued high-quality services at the city, county, and school district levels. Likewise, we look forward to being a committed partner for Ballard in their future growth.”

Ballard received notification from the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy that its applications for two grants totaling $40 million under the Clean Hydrogen Electrolysis, Manufacturing, and Recycling Program have been selected and recommended for negotiation of financial awards.

Ballard Power Systems Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of proton exchange membrane fuel cell products for markets such as heavy-duty motive, portable power, material handling as well as engineering services.

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