Program Parameters

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Important Information

The terms and conditions of the Hydrogen Early Adopters program expired on March 31, 2008.

No new projects will be contracted, but all existing contracted projects will continue, managed through the Industrial Technologies Office.

Demonstration concepts

The h2 Early Adopters (h2EA) program supported projects involving a consortium of two or more private and/or public sector partners to demonstrate, on an integrated basis in real-world settings, the use of a wide range of hydrogen and hydrogen-compatible technologies in specific locations across Canada.

These projects enabled firms to test and showcase their technologies in working pilot-scale versions of a hydrogen economy, and helped increase investor and consumer awareness of Canadian capabilities and of the many benefits and uses of hydrogen-powered applications. The targeted concepts included:

Hydrogen highways

A hydrogen highway demonstration introduced Canadians to a highway that has integrated all the necessary aspects, including required infrastructure such as production, storage and distribution, to drive a hydrogen-powered vehicle between point A and point B. This demonstration also included putting in place the appropriate codes and standards.

Hydrogen villages

A hydrogen village demonstration introduced Canadians to a designated area that adopts hydrogen technology applications as a power source. This could include a cluster of homes, computers, buses and more, using fuel cells and hydrogen as their source of power.