Ballard Fuel Cell Systems to be Used in Telecom Continuous Power Pilot at Idea Cellular in India

Ballard Fuel Cell Systems to be Used in Telecom Continuous Power Pilot at Idea 
Cellular in India 
VANCOUVER, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: 
BLD) will be supplying ElectraGen™-ME fuel cell systems for a pilot project 
in Idea Cellular's India telecom network. The fuel cell systems will be 
utilized in combination with solar technology to generate continuous power at 
five wireless base station sites. Funding for a feasibility study as well as 
the pilot project has been made available through a grant from the United 
States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). 
This project will support Idea Cellular's efforts to find clean energy 
solutions to replace the use of diesel generators in its network throughout 
India. The trial is scheduled to take place in early 2014 utilizing Ballard 
ElectraGen™-ME 2.5 kilowatt methanol-based fuel cell systems, which will be 
deployed in combination with solar power technology the five Idea Cellular 
tower sites. 
"Idea Cellular, an Aditya Birla Group Company, has been a pioneer in renewable 
energy technologies deployment to power telecom sites in India, for the past 
several years," said Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Managing Director at Idea Cellular. 
"The grant offered by USTDA will further spur our efforts towards reducing 
carbon emissions from telecom infrastructure in the country." 
Karim Kassam, Ballard's Vice President of Business Development added, "We are 
certainly pleased to expand our relationship with Idea Cellular in India with 
this opportunity to showcase our methanol-fuelled systems in a continuous 
power application." 
Idea Cellular is India's third-largest mobile services operator, with 128 
million subscribers, and has been powering telecom base stations in the region 
of Nadga, Madhya Pradesh with Ballard's ElectraGen™-H2 direct hydrogen 
systems since early 2012. These systems utilize by-product hydrogen from a 
nearby chemical product plant as a low-cost fuel source. 
Increasingly, telecom network operators in India are looking to fuel cell 
technology to meet government regulations concerning deployment of renewable 
energy systems. India's Department of Telecommunications has mandated that at 
least 50% of all rural towers and 20% of urban towers be powered using clean 
energy systems by 2015. The regulation is targeted at reducing the country's 
reliance on diesel generators, which currently power 60% of all wireless base 
station sites. 
Telecom 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. 
Ballard's ElectraGen™-ME methanol-fuelled systems are particularly well 
suited for 'extended runtime' backup power needs. These systems are designed 
for high reliability, long life and minimal preventive maintenance. They 
include a fuel reformer that converts HydroPlus™ (a methanol-water liquid 
fuel mixture) into hydrogen gas to power the fuel cell. 
The pilot project is subject to completion of final documents, currently in 
discussion between the parties. The USTDA press release announcement is 
available here -
About Ballard Power Systems
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 
This release contains forward-looking statements concerning market 
developments for our products and corresponding value propositions for our 
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. 
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 legislation. 
Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919,

SOURCE  Ballard Power Systems Inc. 
Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, 
Image with caption: "Ballard ElectraGen™-ME methanol fuel cell backup power 
system installed at a telecom base station site (CNW Group/Ballard Power 
Systems Inc.)". Image available at: 
To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: 
CO: Ballard Power Systems Inc.
ST: British Columbia
-0- Dec/10/2013 21:30 GMT
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.