Vancouver, British Columbia – Vancouver-based Ballard Power Systems has signed an agreement with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. to deploy a one-megawatt fuel cell generator to provide electrical power and heat at the automaker’s sales and marketing headquarters campus in Torrance, California.

The CLEARgen fuel cell system will use hydrogen produced from renewable bio-gas generated at a landfill. The system will enable Toyota to satisfy peak and mid-peak power needs using electricity from either the fuel cell system or the power grid. The unit will provide power to a number of locations on the multi-building campus, including Toyota and Lexus headquarter buildings, data centre operations building and an employee fitness centre. Heat created by the fuel cell system will be used to provide hot water and space heating in the Toyota employee activity centre and Lexus headquarter building.

“The TMS headquarters campus houses 5,000 associates over 125 acres,” said Mark Yamauchi, Toyota Motor Sales facilities operations manager. “The ability to offset peak electricity usage with an emission-free fuel cell system will create significant savings while reducing our environmental footprint.”

The system is expected to be commissioned in 2012, with project funding provided through California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program. The stationary fuel cell power generation platform currently under development at Ballard will be used. It is financially supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada, an arm’s-length, not-for-profit corporation created by the federal government.

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