Ballard Power Systems announced receipt of a purchase order from Weichai Ballard Hy-Energy Technologies Co., Ltd*. for Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) valued at $19.2 million. They will be delivered next year under a long-term MEA supply agreement.

Once operational, in the first half of 2020, Weichai-Ballard JV production facility will begin the manufacture of next-generation LCS fuel cell stacks and LCS-based modules to power Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) for the China market. The initial production capacity is of 20,000 fuel cell stacks (or 10,000 modules).

The two partners want to create the leading fuel cell stack and module technology and manufacturing operation in China for buses, commercial trucks and forklifts.

*Weichai Power holds a 51% ownership position and Ballard holds a 49% ownership position in the Weichai-Ballard JV