Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

September 21, 2009 23:47 ET

Hydrogen Village and University of Birmingham, UK strengthen ties

Attention: Environment Editor, Energy Editor, Science Editor, Tech/Telecomm Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - Hydrogen and fuel cell efforts between the UK and Canada were strengthened today as a memorandum of understanding was signed between the University of Birmingham's Fuel Cell Group and Toronto, Ontario's Hydrogen Village. The agreement will link researchers, academics, and technology developers to accelerate commercial applications for hydrogen and fuel cells.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology is an important clean energy solution that is being developed and deployed in numerous jurisdictions around the world.. The agreement will facilitate commercial relationships, enhance mutually beneficial business opportunities and the sharing of information, experiences, and best practices. The Agreement was spearheaded by the Ontario International Marketing Centre in London and the University of Birmingham's Fuel Cell Group.

"Developing International ties expands networks of innovators, industry and ultimately customers. This kind of agreement moves us in the right direction," says Rymal Smith, who leads the Hydrogen Village Program.

Dr Bruno Pollet, from the University's School of Chemical Engineering, says, "We are delighted to be collaborating with the Ontario Hydrogen Village as well as the University of Waterloo, Queen's University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and hope that by pooling our knowledge and sharing information and experience, we will be able to grow our understanding of how hydrogen will play a major part in fuelling our future, both in transport and in a domestic setting."

Ontario's Hydrogen Village will execute the agreement in partnership with Advantage West Midlands.

Hydrogen Village is based in Toronto with a mandate to create and promote early commercial markets for hydrogen and fuel cell applications. The Hydrogen Village Program (administered by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association) has assisted with the development and execution of a wide range of early deployment projects creating a sector cluster in Ontario. Hydrogen Village is jointly funded by industry members, Natural Resources Canada, and the Province of Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation.
The Fuel Cell Group was set up in 2000 in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham by Professor Kevin Kendall who jointly, with Dr Waldemar Bujalski and Dr Bruno G. Pollet, is leading the research projects in hydrogen vehicles and Combined Heat and Power systems stemming from a range of AWM funding including the Science City.

Contact Information

  • Ry Smith, Director, Hydrogen Village Program
    Primary Phone: 905-822-1539