On Thursday June 8, the Canadian Ambassador to Denmark, Emi Furuya, and Trade Commissioner, Adeline Grenier, visited Hobro. They visited the fuel cell company Ballard Europe to talk about the Danish-Canadian collaboration on the development of clean energy technologies.
Hydrogen and fuel cells in Hobro
Ambassador Furuya was met by Ballard Europe’s CEO, Jesper Themsen, and Manager of Strategic Planning, Nina Caroline Hjorth. The visit was initiated with lunch at the CEMTEC facilities in Hobro, where Ballard Europe is located. The Ambassador was very interested to know more about Ballard Europe’s planned activities and projects in Denmark and throughout the world. Ambassador Furuya stated: “I was very pleased to have this opportunity to visit Ballard and Hobro today to learn more about Ballard Power Systems Europe’s new operations here in Denmark. As Ambassador of Canada, it is wonderful to see and experience a Canadian company like Ballard’s work in Denmark and across Europe, employing and training skilled workers in the area of fuel cells and clean technology. Investing, innovating and expanding clean technologies is a priority for Canada, and Ballard Power Systems Europe is a fantastic showcase of leading fuel cell technology in the motive and back-up power systems. The Embassy of Canada looks forward to a continued partnership with Ballard Power Systems Europe.”
The Ambassador also got an introduction to the many activities within the hydrogen and fuel cell sector which are taking place in the Municipality of Mariagerfjord, which also have contributed to the fact that the area in Northern Denmark can position itself as home for innovation, knowledge and ambitions within green energy technologies.
Collaboration across continents
There is already established great relations between Denmark and Canada through Ballard Power Systems Inc. in Vancouver who in January took over the equity interest of Ballard Europe (former Dantherm Power) in Hobro. Jesper Themsen, CEO from Ballard Europe, says: the visit from Ambassador Furuya is contributing to strengthen the collaboration across continents, and we are at Ballard Europe very proud that the competences and results that we have created today occasioned the visit from Emi Furuya.”
Ballard Europe contributes in several developing- and demonstration projects with the aim of further developing fuel cell systems to create zero-emission solutions for the energy-, infrastructure and transport sector. “Among other things we talked about the projects which Ballard Europe participates in, and what specific results they have produced. The ambassador showed great interest in our work, and I see great opportunities for a future collaboration which can lead to jobs and growth within the fuel cell sector” says Jesper Themsen.
About Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S
Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S focuses on three key business areas: Supporting Ballard-powered zero-emission fuel cell buses in on European roads, Backup Power focused on critical infrastructure for IT and telecom industry, and Technology Solutions focused on enabling customers to solve technical and business challenges and accelerate their fuel cell programs by delivering customized, high value, bundled technology solutions. Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S Headquartered in Hobro, Denmark, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Ballard Power Systems Inc. The company is recognized as one of the leading players in the commercial application of fuel cell solutions. To learn more please visit www.ballard.com.