The following are examples of significant accomplishments that are helping to build Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Demonstration projects in Canada and other IPHE partner countries are featured on Canada's Demonstration & Deployment page.
Canadian Fuel Cell Commercialization Roadmap
In 2003, Canada released its first commercialization roadmap. The roadmap was aimed at accelerating full-scale commercialization of Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to capture benefits from substantial industrial investments in research and development and to develop long-term solutions to meet Canada’s climate change goals. In 2008, Canada updated the Canadian Fuel Cell Commercialization Roadmap. The update begins by outlining why hydrogen and fuel cells are considered an essential part of the future low carbon energy systems for transportation and stationary power as well as an energy innovation in portable electronics. It continues by providing an overview of global hydrogen and fuel cell markets as background and context for the activities of the Canadian industry.
The Hydrogen Village in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is a public/private partnership demonstrating and deploying various hydrogen production and delivery techniques as well as fuel cells for stationary, transportation (mobile) and portable applications. The program, funded by Hydrogen Village Members, Natural Resources Canada and the Government of Ontario, has been in operation since April 2004.
Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program
The Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program is a collaborative five year vehicle deployment and evaluation activity involving the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Ford Motor Company USA, Ford Motor Company of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada. The program, for the first time, put limited production fuel-cell-powered electric drive vehicles into the hands of selected Canadian users for independent operation andevaluation under real-world conditions. Located in the British Columbia’s lowermainland, the vehicle testing began in April 2005 and is expected to end March 2010. Vehicle users have included AutomotiveFuel Cell Cooperation,Ballard Power Systems, BC Hydro, BC Transit, BrownBros. Ford, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, City of Vancouver and Powertech Labs.
The British Columbia Hydrogen Highway (HH), launched in March 2004, is a large-scale, coordinated demonstration and deployment program for mobile, stationary, portable, and micro hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Projects under the HH umbrella include the Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Project located in North Vancouver, BC Transit operated hydrogen fuelling station in Victoria, Powertech Labs station in Surrey, Pacific Spirit Station in Vancouver, and the Whistler station under development to support the 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses to be operated by BC Transit during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games.
The HH received one of the first "Sustainability Stars" recognizing sustainability innovations in economic, social and environmental initiatives awarded by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Gateway
In early 2008, a technology demonstration and exhibit centre showcasing Canada's world-leading hydrogen and fuel cell industry was officially opened. The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Gateway is located at the National Research Council (NRC) Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Vancouver, and was conceived through a public-private partnership between the NRC, Natural Resources Canada, Industry Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association.
2010 Olympics – First Bus Delivered as part of World’s Largest Development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses
The first of 20 buses were delivered and successfully tested as part of the world largest hybrid electric fuel cell bus fleet. The bus is part of BC Transit’s project to demonstrate sustainable transportation technologies for the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, B.C. Twenty new hybrid electric fuel cell buses and two Hydrogen Highway fuelling stations are planned for regular service by fall of 2010 in Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria. The low-floor buses will have a range of 500 km, a top speed of 90 km/h and a life expectancy of 20 years. They are the sixth generation of a fuel cell bus developed in Canada. Several Canadian companies are involved in this project such as Ballard Power Systems, Dynetek Industries, Hydrogenics Corporation, New Flyer Industries, Questair Technologies, Air Liquide Canada, and Sacre-Davey Engineering.
Establishment of AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation
AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation (AFCC) is a private Vancouver-based automotive fuel cell technology company founded in 2008 and owned 50.1% by Daimler AG, 30% by Ford Motor Company and 19.9% by Ballard Power Systems. AFCC was created to focus on fuel cell research, development and design specifically for automotive applications. AFCC will work closely with Daimler and Ford to advance automotive fuel cell technology.
National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Directory
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Directory is a free public on-line database of information on researchers and facilities in Canada. The purpose of the Research Directory is to increase the visibility, researcher collaboration and use of Canadian research and laboratory services in hydrogen and fuel cell technology.