BC Hydrogen Highway

BC Hydrogen Highway

February 15, 2010 14:00 ET

BC Hydrogen Highway: British Columbia Powered Up By Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen and fuel cells can't wait to improve your quality of life...all of the huff, none of the puff.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - Today the BC Hydrogen Highway announced a host of hydrogen and fuel cell product demonstrations and public exhibits during the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games in British Columbia.

"The BC Hydrogen Highway has created an opportunity for Olympic visitors to connect with our clean energy initiatives," said John Tak, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association (CHFCA). "The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games are a celebration of sport, culture and the environment. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Canada to showcase the most advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to the world."

Fuel cells are clean power generation devices. When hydrogen is fed into a fuel cell, it creates an electrochemical reaction that produces electricity very efficiently, with water vapour as the only emission. However, unlike a battery, a fuel cell never needs recharging. It continues to produce electricity as long as a fuel is supplied – and hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe.

With more than 50 hydrogen and fuel cell product demonstrations and technology exhibits, the BC Hydrogen Highway is the place for visitors and residents of British Columbia to see this clean energy technology in action. These include:

  • Buses – In Whistler, ride one of 20 fuel cell-powered transit buses that emit nothing but a wisp of water vapour. Operated by BC Transit, this is the largest single fleet of zero-emission fuel cell buses worldwide. On-board exhibits will educate and inform riders regarding the energy path of hydrogen as it is transformed in a fuel cell into electricity that powers the bus.
  • Cars - In Vancouver, keep an eye out for over 15 hydrogen and fuel cell electric cars and shuttle buses that are transporting visiting dignitaries, press and guests during the Games. Fuel cell electric cars will also be on display at Edgewater Casino and Oakridge Mall.
  • Olympic Rings Barge - At night, take in the view of the Olympic Rings Barge glowing in Coal Harbour, which is now using supplemental power from zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells.
  • BC Canada Pavilion - Capture the magic of zero-emission power generation by visiting the interactive "fuel cell bus exhibit" at the BC Canada Pavilion (4th Floor of Vancouver Art Gallery).
  • BC Showcase Theatre – View the BC Showcase's digital gateway, one of the world's largest interactive walls, highlighting hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses operating in Whistler.
  • Stationary Power - Visit the National Research Council's Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) at UBC to see leading technology innovations including a stationary fuel cell unit that can provide back-up power for a telecom or data communications site.
  • Hydrogen Fuelling Stations Throughout Greater Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler, an early network of eight fuelling stations are producing and delivering hydrogen cleanly and economically. These include the world's largest hydrogen fuelling facility in Whistler.
  • Waste Hydrogen Capture Facility In North Vancouver, the world's first waste hydrogen capture facility is providing fuel for fleets of hydrogen vehicles as well as a fuel cell-powered carwash. With the capability of fueling over 20,000 fuel cell cars per year, this facility will also become a local source of environmentally-friendly hydrogen fuel for the Whistler bus fleet.

"We are welcoming the world to experience our clean energy innovation and leadership through advancements like our hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, which will set the pace for all future Olympics as well as the green economy of the future," said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "We remain committed to putting B.C. at the forefront of clean energy development. By doing so, we will support our economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions."

By showcasing these clean energy demonstrations, international visitors to BC can learn first-hand about technologies that support sustainable practices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With the world's largest fleet of fuel cell-powered buses, the largest share of the fuel cell forklift market in the U.S., and one of the largest automaker fuel cell research and development centres worldwide, British Columbia is globally recognized for its leadership in the development, demonstration and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

"I'd like to congratulate the partnership, our members and government partners for working to showcase our hydrogen and fuel cell advancements to the world," said John Sheridan, Chairman of the BC Hydrogen Highway. "This commitment and progress secures the path to a sustainable environment for all, and signifies that we are open –for business."

About The BC Hydrogen Highway

The BC Hydrogen Highway, formed in 2004, is a forward-looking group of hydrogen and fuel cell technology providers, organizations, and government agencies who are promoting the development, deployment and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell powered products as a vital part of the solution to our environmental challenges. The BC Hydrogen Highway is managed by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. For further information, visit the BC Hydrogen Highway at www.poweringnow.ca, www.facebook.com/hydrogenhighway or www.twitter.com/poweringnow.

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