Audi has bought a group of patents pertaining to hydrogen fuel-cell technology from Canadian company Ballard Power Systems Inc. Parent company Volkswagen Group has also announced an extension of its partnership with the clean energy producer through to 2019.
The purchase of the patents will help jump-start VW’s development of fuel-cell systems for Audi. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi, said the automaker is “are securing crucial expertise that will provide new impetus for the further development,” of hydrogen technology.
Ballard Power Systems Inc., based in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, is “one of the world’s leading companies in the technology of proton exchange membrane fuel cells,” Audi says. The company’s clean energy products help to reduce the costs and risks associated with fuel-cell programs, along with helping to solve technical and business challenges.