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Tokyo, Japan – November 19, 2012
Nokia Siemens Networks, Ballard Power Systems develop fuel cell backup power
for mobile networks
• Designed to support mobile networks during commercial grid outages
• Passed NTT DOCOMO evaluation tests and Japan statutory approval for power
Nokia Siemens Networks is working with Ballard Power Systems, Inc. to develop
mobile networks that can continue to operate during power blackouts. Japanese
operator NTT DOCOMO has evaluated the Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio
base station site offering with integrated fuel cell* backup for potential
commercial deployment. The solution has been installed at a DOCOMO R&D Center
test site in Japan’s Yokosuka Research Park (YRP).
“Mobile networks can be vital when a natural disaster strikes, and power
outages make other forms of communication difficult,” said Mark Donaldson, head
of energy solutions for mobile broadband networks at Nokia Siemens Networks.
“Integrating fuel cells with our base stations can significantly increase the
resilience of the mobile networks we provide.”
“Our fuel cell systems provide power for extended periods during outages caused
by natural calamities and commercial grid failures,” said Larry Stapleton, vice
president of sales, Ballard. “The collaboration with Nokia Siemens Networks has
helped us leverage our service and integration expertise in order to deliver an
emergency-ready alternative power solution for mobile networks.”
Backup power solutions based on fuel cell technology deliver a number of
advantages over conventional batteries and diesel generators. These include
higher reliability across a wide range of operating conditions, lower
maintenance costs, longer operating life as well as reduced size, weight,
installation footprint, noise signature and environmental impact.
The fuel cell weight and size are significantly less in comparison to existing
lead acid batteries that are typically used in many base stations to provide
backup power for extended outages. The base station and fuel cell combination
developed by Nokia Siemens Networks with Ballard can provide 4.5 kW of power
for approximately 40 hours on a single tank of fuel.
The solution from Nokia Siemens Networks and Ballard Power Systems has already
received the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) statutory approval
in Japan. After delivering and setting up the fuel cell at a test site in YRP,
Nokia Siemens Networks participated in and cleared DOCOMO’s evaluation tests.
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Networks’ green energy test site in Japan.
About Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the
first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront
of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new
capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most
efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those
networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.
With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 150 countries and had
net sales of over 14 billion euros in 2011. http://www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com
About Ballard Power Systems, Inc.
Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell
products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products
deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more
about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.**
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*A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into
electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent.
Hydrogen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen) is the most common fuel, but
hydrocarbons such as natural gas and alcohols such as methanol
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanol) are sometimes used. Fuel cells are
different from batteries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_(electricity))
in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to run, but they can
produce electricity continually for as long as these inputs are supplied.
** This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the benefits of
our products to customers. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s
current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of
1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as
amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions
relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product
development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand and include the
Company’s expectations regarding the potential benefits of the proposed
transaction and the timing and success of future product development efforts.
These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s
actual results to be materially different, including general economic and
regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully
achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a
detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s
future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information
Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking
statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions
to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable
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