March 27, 2006

Sask Research Council to demonstrate trucks fuelled with hydrogen, ethanol blends at Globe 2006

SASKATOON, SASK-The Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) will be demonstrating the world's first pickup truck modified to operate on a combination of hydrogen/gasoline, and one on hydrated ethanol/diesel fuel, at the Globe 2006 Biennial Conference on Business and the Environment taking place March 29-31 in Vancouver. These vehicles will be participating in a Ride-and-Drive, part of the BC Fleet Challenge. They will be driven to Whistler and then will arrive at the conference on March 30. The goal of the demonstration is to show how alternative fuels are an effective means of automotive power and can help to establish hydrogen and ethanol fuelling station infrastructure. "SRC's developments in hydrogen and ethanol have grown out of the applied research we have been doing with alternative fuels since the 1980's," explained SRC president and CEO Dr Laurier Schramm. "These unique modifications to existing vehicles for hydrogen and ethanol use with conventional fuel provide fleet vehicle owners and operators the opportunity to utilize these environmentally-friendly fuels," said Grant McVicar, director of the Saskatchewan Office of Energy Conservation. "This use will reduce greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing the operational effectiveness those vehicles which operate on pure hydrogen or ethanol face, due to limited refueling facilities." More information is available from Carol Reynolds at the SRC, 306/933-7089, E-mail, Web site

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