Audi has bought patents related to fuel-cell technology from Ballard Power Systems. The Volkswagen group has also extended cooperation with the company until 2019.
The patents, bought by Audi will help the German carmaker speed up the development process of fuel-cell drive systems.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, a Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at AUDI AG and the person responsible for the steering of the development departments of all brands in the VW Group said, "Audi is acquiring these strategically important patents for the entire group and will make them available to all the brands. In this way, we are securing crucial expertise that will provide new impetus for the further development of this technology."
About Ballard Power Systems Inc:
Ballard Power Systems Inc. is a Canadian based company that specialises in the technology of proton exchange membrane fuel cells. The company also provides clean energy products that reduce customer costs and risks, and helps customers solve difficult technical and business challenges in their fuel‑cell programs.