Ballard Power Systems shares up after deal to expand collaboration in China

VANCOUVER – Shares of Ballard Power Systems (TSX:BLD) gained 10 per cent Wednesday to finish at their highest closing price in more than two years after it signed a deal with its Chinese partner to extend the scope of their collaboration to include fuel cell buses.

Under the non-binding memorandum of understanding announced late Tuesday, Azure Hydrogen Corp. has committed a $1 million up-front payment to Ballard.

Azure wants to develop fuel cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard’s technical support and funding from Chinese sources.

In March, Azure signed a deal to acquire a 10 per cent stake in Dantherm Power, Ballard’s telecom backup power subsidiary, for $2 million.

Azure also placed an order earlier this year for a 175-kilowatt ClearGenTM distributed power generation system from Ballard.

Ballard shares closed up 19 cents at $2.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Wednesday after trading as high as $2.47.