Updated December 2018

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Latest Steering Committee Meeting Presentation

32nd SC Meeting File (October 2019)

Initiatives, Programs, and Policies

Over the past six months, all levels of government have collaborated to encourage the development and adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells (HFC) technologies along with clean technologies in general. Developments include: Federal Government

  • On November 21, 2018 the Government of Canada released its Fall Economic Statement which introduced a number of initiatives which could potentially benefit the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Related initiatives include:
  • The full cost of specified clean energy equipment will be eligible for immediate expensing through an accelerated Capital Cost Allowance.
  • An additional $50M to increase venture capital available to clean technology firms, under the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative and beyond the $400M announced in Budget 2017;
  • Modernization of federal regulations where new frameworks are required to deal with emerging technologies;
  • The $1.26B Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) will receive an additional $800M to spur innovative R&D and expansion of businesses in Canada.
  • Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) continues to provide support to the development of Hydrogen Refueling Station (HRSs) infrastructure through the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative. Three stations were approved under Phase I (Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia) and 4 additional ones have been approved under Phase II (Quebec and British Columbia). Others to follow.
  • Canada’s national Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy is to be released early 2019. Similar strategies are under development regarding low carbon fuels and carbon taxes.
  • The “kick-off” workshop for Mission Innovation’s Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Innovation Challenge (MI – IC8) was held at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, October 17-18, 2018.
Provincial: British Columbia (BC)
  • On November 20, 2018 the BC government announced their intention to introduce legislation next spring to phase in targets for the sale of Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs). This legislation will set targets of 10% ZEV sales by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
  • In September 2018, the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources launched the Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) Program which will provide BC-based companies operating in the Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) sector with up to $1.35M of funding over the next three years. The ARC Program will provide support to BC companies to invest in product development and commercialization activities through to long-term demonstration projects.
  • In July, the BC government confirmed they are working on a clean growth strategy to be released in December, 2018. Aim is to integrate the province’s goals for climate action, clean energy and sustainable economic growth. Topics to be addressed include: light and heavy duty ZEVs; clean fuels; requirement for building energy labelling; low carbon buildings; development of stronger codes and standards; training and certification; and, financial incentives.
  • The strategy is to include an analysis of the hydrogen opportunity specific to BC, given the province’s abundant renewable energy and natural resource profile.
  • The construction of HTEC (Hydrogen Energy Technology Corporation) and Shell Canada’s 2nd Hydrogen Refueling Station (HRS) in Burnaby has begun and expected to be operational Q1 2019.
  • Carbon taxes are now $35/tonne and will continue to increase by $5/tonne/year until rates reach $50/tonne in April 2021.
  • $1M has been committed to help incent the deployment of FCEV fleets in BC. Availability of FCEVs to be determined.
Provincial: Alberta
  • In July 2018, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) announced that it is making $70M available in a new competitive funding opportunity. The BEST Challenge targets technologies that demonstrate the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Alberta. Eligible sectors include sustainable transportation, electricity generation, and biotechnology.
Provincial: Ontario
  • Following the release of Metrolinx’s hydrogen rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study, shortlisted solution providers have begun the analysis and engineering required to complete final proposals.
  • The new provincial government in Ontario has stopped providing ZEV product purchase incentives.
Provincial: Quebec
  • Following the introduction of Quebec’s ZEV Standard (January 11, 2018). Toyota has committed to shipping a fleet of 50 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles to the Quebec government for testing and demonstration.
  • A HRS is being constructed in Quebec City to fuel the Mirai’s. The station, which will produce 200 KGs of hydrogen through on site electrolysis, is expected to be operational in the spring, 2019. A mobile HRS is being shipped to Quebec in the meantime, to support the deployment of initial FCEVs.
  • Other HRSs in the province are under development.

Research and Development

Progress continues on the development of the University of British Columbia’s next generation multi-fuel station to be built on campus. The retail station, which will include on-site renewable hydrogen production/dispensing, electric vehicles (EV) fast charging along with diesel and natural gas dispensing will also be used for research, development, demonstration and educational purposes.

Demonstration, Deployments, and Workforce Developments

The Canadian FCEV Coalition of automakers, made up of Honda, Hyundai, Kia, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota continue to promote the development of hydrogen refueling infrastructure to enable the adoption of FCEVs in Canada. AVL Powertrain Engineering

  • The world’s largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation established a global fuel cell engineering centre ( AVL Fuel Cell Canada) in Burnaby, British Columbia. The location was chosen due to the availability of qualified personnel and established supply chains.
Ballard Power Systems
  • On November 13, 2018, announced a $183.8M strategic collaboration with Weichai Power, a leading automotive equipment manufacturer specializing in the production of powertrains, automobiles, intelligent logistics, automotive parts and components;
  • In October, closed a transaction to divest itself of non-core (military) Power Manager business;
  • On September 18th unveiled its next generation fuel cell stack for the heavy duty motive market;
  • Signed an MOU with ABB for the development of fuel cell systems to power marine applications; and,
  • Announced a 3.5 year extension to their professional engineering services contract with Audi.
Enbridge Gas Distribution and Hydrogenics Corp Hydrogenics Corp
  • On October 15th announced they had been selected to supply a large-scale electrolysis system capable of producing over 400KGs of Hydrogen per day at a hydrogen refueling station in Germany;
  • Is supplying six heavy duty fuel cell power modules for Class 8 drayage trucks in California;
  • In September, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association ( CHFCA) reported that Alstom’s 1st hydrogen fuel cell electric train that uses Hydrogenics systems isnow in commercial service;
  • Hydrogenics, along with partners in Europe, to deliver a 2.5MW electrolyser based energy storage system to be directly connected to a 45MW wind farm in Norway; and,
  • In June announced it will be providing fuel cells to Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine for the 1st high speed, hydrogen powered fuel cell marine vessel in the US.
Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC)
  • On June 15, 2018 HTEC and Shell Canada opened the 1st retail Hydrogen Refueling Station in Vancouver, BC and construction has begun on a 2nd. These stations will be part of a six-station network under development in Victoria and through the Lower Mainland of BC.
Loop Energy In August, announced that their heavy duty fuel cell range extender will power two zero emissions, hybrid electric Class 8 drayage trucks. Xebec Adsorption In 2018, the Blainville, Quebec-based gas purification technology developer announced a strategic co-operation agreement with Zhangjiagang Furui Hydrogen Power Equipment co, a Chinese company engaged in hydrogen generation and distribution, to expand their business within the renewable hydrogen supply chain.

Events and Solicitations

  • 10th Clean Energy Ministerial and 4th Mission Innovation Ministerial meetings will also be hosted in Vancouver, May 26-28th, 2019. ( Press Release).

Investments and Funding

The $230K “hydrogen @ scale” techno-economic feasibility study announced by the British Columbia is progressing. Results to be released early 2019. Project participants include: ITM Power, BC Hydro, Chiyoda Corporation and Mitsui. The Government of Canada, along with the CHFCA, continue to support industry participation in priority industry events.

Regulations, Codes & Standards, and Safety

Various federal departments have initiated dialogue to review codes & standards for H2 metering to enable accurate retail sales. Future discussions will engage industry, academia along with other IPHE members.


Member Statements

Last updated January 2019 Canadian Statement (PDF); 30th Steering Committee Meeting; Pretoria, South Africa; December 4 - 7, 2018 Canadian Statement (PDF); 29th Steering Committee Meeting; Kobe, Japan; May 8-11, 2018 Canadian Statement (PDF); 28th Steering Committee Meeting; Netherlands; November 20-23, 2017 Canadian Statement (PDF); 27th Steering Committee Meeting; Hamburg, Germany; April 25-28, 2017 Canadian Statement (PDF); 26th Steering Committee Meeting; Gwangju, Republic of Korea; November 1-4, 2016 Canadian Statement (PDF 510KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016 Canadian Statement (PDF); 24th Steering Committee Meeting;Grenoble, France; 1-3 December 2015 Canadian Statement (PDF); 23rd Steering Committee Meeting; Wuhan, China; 27-28 May 2015 Canadian Statement (PDF 155KB); 22nd Steering Committee Meeting; Rome, Italy; 2-3 December 2014 Canadian Statement (PDF 289KB); 21st Steering Committee Meeting; Oslo, Norway; 19-21 May 2014 Canadian Statement (PDF 70KB); 20th Steering Committee Meeting; City of Fukuoka, Japan; 20-21 November 2013 Canadian Statement (PDF 313KB); 19th Steering Committee Meeting; London, United Kingdom; 23-24 May 2013 Canadian Statement (PDF 348KB); 17th Steering Committee Meeting; Cape Town, South Africa; 3-4 May 2012 Canadian Statement (PDF 701KB); 14th Steering Committee Meeting; Shanghai, China; 21-22 September 2010 Canadian Statement (PDF 575KB); ILC/SC Joint Meeting; Washington, DC; 1-3 December 2009 Canadian Statement (PDF 295KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Reykjavik, Iceland; 26-27 September 2006 Canadian Statement (PDF 1.04MB); Steering Committee Meeting; Kyoto, Japan; 14-15 September 2005 Canadian Statement (PDF 343KB); Steering Committee; Paris, France; 26-28 January 2005 Canadian Statement (PDF 616KB); Steering Committee; Beijing, China; 26-28 May 2004 Canadian Statement (PDF 10KB); ILC Meeting; Reisensburg, Germany; 26 February 2004 Ministerial Statement (PDF 70KB); IPHE Inaugural Ministerial Meeting; Washington, D.C.; 20 Nov 2003 Contact: Eric H. Barker |