Hydrogen Solution for Utility Vehicles

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Project Lead: Hydrogenics Corporation

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Hydrogenics Project
The Government of Canada has invested $4.2 million in a project demonstrating a hydrogen solution for utility vehicles through the Hydrogen Early Adopters program. Demonstrations will take place at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Ontario.

The multi-year project, led by a consortium that includes Hydrogenics Corporation, John Deere, Greenlight Power Technologies and Marconi Corporation, will demonstrate the feasibility of a renewable energy-based refuelling station as a zero-emission hydrogen solution for utility vehicles. (For further details on each of the organizations participating in this demonstration project, please refer to the Company Biographies page). It will showcase the technical capabilities of fuel cells and electrolyzers, and catalyze the growth of the industry in a manageable environment. The project comprises four components, outlined below.

  1. Fuel Cell-Powered Utility Vehicles

    Four fuel cell-powered utility vehicles will be showcased in two phases (2004 and 2005). The project will also demonstrate on- and off-board diagnostics and monitoring equipment, including fuel cell degradation and depletion monitors, gas leak detection and performance database software.

  2. Refuelling Station

    Fuelled by a zero-emission power source – wind energy from the CNE wind turbine – the station electrolyzer is expected to produce about 65 kilograms of hydrogen per day.

  3. Back-up Power Generator for Telecommunications

    A fuel cell-powered module using compressed hydrogen from tanks will be demonstrated, with an electrolyzer and compression module being added at a later date.

  4. Hybrid Fuel Cell/Battery Delivery Vehicle

    The project will demonstrate a hybrid fuel cell/battery delivery vehicle, on-site hydrogen production and storage facilities, and commercial fleet refuelling capabilities using Purolator Courier fleet vehicles. (Purolator anticipates moving to zero-emission electric/fuel cell curbside delivery vans in the future.)

The strength of this demonstration project is in the collaborative efforts of the project partners, along with the cooperation of the City of Toronto, the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative, the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance, Bell Canada and Purolator Courier.

Working together, the project consortium will demonstrate advances in the area of equipment reliability for both hardware and software tools, as well as the feasibility of hydrogen and hydrogen-compatible technologies for use in the utility vehicle, vehicle fleet operation and back-up power markets.

This investment made through the Technology Parnterships Canada Hydrogen Early Adopters program, combined with the nature of this demonstration project, its location within the Greater Toronto Area, and the high profiles of the consortium members will contribute to increased awareness and acceptance of hydrogen-based technologies across Canada, as well as demonstrate hydrogen as a viable and environmentally-friendly fuel solution for the future.

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