It may be a tiny pond… but Ballard Power Systems is convinced it will be the biggest fish in it. According to a recent press release, the company “anticipates powering approximately 40 of the 50 zero-emission fuel cell buses used in public transit revenue service on European roads in 2014.”
The largest number will be the 10-vehicle strong fleet in Aberdeen, Scotland. There is only one larger: the 20-bus fleet that has been operating in Whistler, Canada since 2010.
If these numbers seem small, it’s perhaps worth remembering that most if not all these deployments are seen mainly as demonstration programmes, with fuel cell innovators highly reliant on non-corporate support such as the Sustainable Development Technology Canada fund, as in Ballard’s case.