October 24, 2005

Waste hydrogen utilization project receives $12M in federal support

A consortium led by North Vancouver-based SacrÈ-Davey Innovations has received a total of $12.2 million in federal funding to support the development and demonstration of the Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Project (IWHUP). This three-year clean energy project will develop and demonstrate the use of an existing, but currently untapped, source of hydrogen fuel, namely hydrogen emitted as the byproduct of a sodium chlorate manufacturing plant in the North Vancouver area. As a result, purified hydrogen could be used to fuel a fleet of up to 20,000 vehicles in the Vancouver area, greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels.

SacrÈ-Davey Innovations, working with Westport Innovations and SacrÈ-Davey Engineering, received $6 million from the Hydrogen Early Adopters (h2EA) program, $5.9 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), and $273 000 from Natural Resources Canada's Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance (CTFCA). This support has been leveraged by a contribution of $6.1 million from industry for a total project value of $18.3 million. Other project participants include: Clean Energy, Dynetek Industries, Easywash, Hydrogen Technology and Energy, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Powertech Labs, Questair Technologies and TransLink.

The project will also demonstrate the full hydrogen value chain that includes the supply, storage, distribution and use of hydrogen. The demonstration will involve the operation of eight light-duty trucks running on hydrogen, four public transit buses converted to run on a combination of compressed natural gas and hydrogen, and a fuel cell system operating on hydrogen and providing electrical power and heat to a car wash.

The North Vancouver fuel station of IWHUP is one of the key stops on BC's Hydrogen Highway(tm), which will play a role in sustainable transportation demonstrations for the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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