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CHFCA welcomes Nu:ionic Technologies to membership

December 13, 2017
CHFCA welcomes Nu:ionic Technologies to membership

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is pleased to announce that Nu:ionic Technologies has joined as a new Start-Up Member.

Based in New Brunswick, Nu:ionic Technologies converts renewable biogas, or natural gas and electricity into high purity hydrogen for use as zero emission fuel or industrial gas at high efficiency, resulting in the lowest cost hydrogen fuel.  The Nu:ionic on-site hydrogen generation unit utilizes innovative microwave technology resulting in higher efficiency and lower cost than delivered hydrogen or competing on-site production technologies, and eliminates the emissions associated with liquefaction, distribution and storage of hydrogen.

Nu:ionic is applying its microwave gas conversion technology in a variety of areas, including in the areas of hydrogen by-product production from refinery waste streams and renewable energy storage.

Please visit www.nuionic.com to learn more information about Nu:ionic Technologies, or kindly contact:

 Jan Boshoff

Phone: +1-207-558-5705

Email: jan.boshoff@nuionic.com

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Hydrogenics hosts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and showcases fuel cell bus technology

December 13, 2017
Hydrogenics hosts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and showcases fuel cell bus technology

Ontario energy storage company and CHFCA member Hydrogenics Corporation, along with Beijing SinoHytec Co, Ltd, hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as he visited Beijing to promote trade and tourism between Canada and China. Treudeau was greeted by Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics, and Zhang Guoqiang, Chairman of SinoHytec, as he visited a Foton bus utilising a fuel cell system co-developed by the two companies.

SinoHytec and its partners, including Foton, are promoting a fleet of 150 fuel cell buses in Zhangjiakou, where China will be hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The completion and delivery of this fleet is expected in early 2018. Trudeau had the opportunity to learn more about how Hydrogenics and SinoHytec are working together to jointly address climate change by reducing the carbon footprint related to transportation in China. “Hydrogenics has the leading technology for providing zero-emission transit solutions to the public. We are currently completing the largest operating hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet on the planet, and we look forward to a very successful and long-term collaboration with Hydrogenics,” explained Zhang.

Wilson added, “It is a great honour to meet with Prime Minister Trudeau and have the opportunity to showcase our fuel cell technology. The partnership between Hydrogenics and SinoHytec is an excellent example of Canadian and Chinese companies working together to bring clean energy transportation to China."

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Ionomr Innovations joins the CHFCA

December 13, 2017
Ionomr Innovations joins the CHFCA

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is pleased to announce that Ionomr Innovations Inc. has joined as a new start-up member. 

Based in Vancouver, Ionomr designs, adapts, and manufactures ion exchange membranes and coatings for energy storage, and clean energy generation applications including electrolysis for hydrogen production, fuel cells, redox flow batteries, and metal-air batteries. Ionomr’s core technology is an alkaline stable and versatile anion-exchange membrane which aims to provide cost and performance advantages in these electrochemical applications and others. The company is also in late stages of development of highly conductive, recyclable and environmentally benign, cation-exchange membranes for use in fuel cells, electrolyzers and other electrochemical technologies.

For more information about Ionomr, please visit their website at www.ionomr.com, or kindly contact:

Titichai Navessin

Chief Administrative Officer

Phone: 778-997-1476

Email: navessin@ionomr.com

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CSA Group's New Hydrogen Fueling Station Testing Trailer Provides an Efficient Testing Alternative for Station Owners

November 07, 2017
CSA Group's New Hydrogen Fueling Station Testing Trailer Provides an Efficient Testing Alternative for Station Owners

CLEVELANDNov. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - As part of CSA Group's ongoing efforts to help advance the safe deployment of clean energy – specifically hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, CSA Group has developed on-site evaluation testing equipment for hydrogen fueling stations. CSA Group's mobile hydrogen dispenser testing apparatus (HDTA) and weights and measures device (WAM-D) validates hydrogen dispenser performance in accordance with ANSI/CSA HGV 4.3 and verifies point of sale accuracy following NIST Handbook 44.

The transportation sector represents a third of global energy demand and 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions – and has the lowest level of renewable energy use (IRENA 2017).  Mass adoption of clean energy for transportation is highly dependent on the safe deployment of a fueling infrastructure. Hydrogen continues to gain traction as a transportation fuel globally, with increasing commercial interest and automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) development and production of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). Subsequently, there has been a greater focus in recent years to increase hydrogen fueling infrastructure. Public hydrogen fueling stations in service and in development are increasing in numbers, particularly in California and the Northeastern United States. New fueling station projects, however, occasionally face delays in receiving approvals from Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) that may not be familiar with hydrogen technology; therefore, stations face heightened scrutiny because onboard hydrogen must be stored under high pressure — up to 10,000 pounds per square inch. A station that has been independently verified to safely comply with the performance requirements specified in ANSI/CSA HGV 4.3 can ease the burden on the AHJ and result in smoother approvals.

Without a mobile test device like the HDTA, station owners must wait for each automotive OEM to bring a vehicle to their station for testing. The HDTA replaces the need for OEM vehicle testing at each station, reducing test time and associated costs. "CSA Group is proud to promote the advancement of a safe hydrogen fueling infrastructure" says Rajiv Rajput, Executive Vice President of Strategic Development at CSA Group. "We are excited to offer this testing service to our customers, helping them efficiently deploy and commission hydrogen fueling stations."

About CSA Group 
CSA Group is a global organization providing testing, inspection and certification services for products in many market sectors, including home and commercial, industrial, healthcare, and emerging technologies. CSA Group is one of the largest providers of safety and environmental certification for Canada and the U.S., and the CSA mark appears on billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group, please visit www.csagroup.org

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International hydrogen and fuel leaders to gather at HFC 2017 Summit in Vancouver

March 21, 2017
International hydrogen and fuel leaders to gather at HFC 2017 Summit in Vancouver

The biennial Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2017 conference is hosted by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association to increase awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.

Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2017 has been formatted from previous conferences to provide a smaller and intimate platform for thought- provoking conversation among the industry’s leading executive professionals.

The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Renewal: Clean Cars, Clean Power, Clean Solutions will provide the framework for topic areas of discussion encompassing important key aspects of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry including today’s challenges, innovations and initiatives occurring globally.

The summit will take place at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver, BC from June 5-6, 2017. To register for HFC 2017, please click here.

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California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit to take place October 5-6 in Sacramento

August 11, 2016
California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit to take place October 5-6 in Sacramento

The California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) will be hosting the fourth annual California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit, located at the California Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in Sacramento on October 5 and 6.  

The CHBC Summit brings many successful and bright industry leaders to interact with the influential members of the political community and discuss topics such as challenges in building necessary hydrogen infrastructure, financing projects, building sustainable supply chains for the manufacture and servicing of equipment, overcoming regulatory and permitting barriers for energy storage and hydrogen fueling, and educating the public. Presenters from industry leaders, both nationwide and internationally, will share their vision with influential members in the political community of how the hydrogen and fuel cell industry can address the nation’s environmental, energy, and business goals along with how it can help revolutionize our country’s portfolio of energy solutions. You can find more information at www.californiahydrogensummit.com.

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Hydrogen and fuel cell leaders to gather at Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Summit 2016 in Israel

June 09, 2016
Hydrogen and fuel cell leaders to gather at Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Summit 2016 in Israel

The 4th annual Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Summit will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel on November 2-3, 2016.  Focusing on innovation in fuels, as well as in vehicles and transportation systems, the two-day summit will feature interviews, panel discussions, case studies and brainstorming sessions with the world’s most distinguished decision makers and business leaders in the field, as well as exhibitions, B2B and networking opportunities, and a special gala dinner hosted by Prime Minister Benjamin Benjamin Netanyahu in which he will award the 2016 Samson Prime Minister’s Prize for a major breakthrough in the field of alternative fuels for transportation.

This year’s summit will feature a special symposium on automotive fuel cell technologies including hydrogen generation and storage. The aim of the symposium is to discuss both political and technological aspects around the implementation of Fuel Cell technologies. The dedicated panels will focus on issues such as regional drivers, world trends and outlook for the automotive industry regarding fuel cells and hydrogen fuels; technical aspects of refueling infrastructure, standardization and supporting policies; and the latest breakthrough technologies in the field. The Symposium will bring together top researchers, government officials, leading organizations, policymakers, companies and innovators from across the world.

The summit is part of Israel’s expanded efforts to reduce global oil dependence in transportation.

For more information about the Fuel Choices Summit, please visit www.fuelchoicessummit.com. 

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Canada needs a national hydrogen and fuel cell strategy

June 09, 2016
Canada needs a national hydrogen and fuel cell strategy

Ottawa— Canada is in need of a National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Strategy to continue to compete with increasing international clean tech competition and to rapidly reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) in order to meet its commitments to the Paris Climate Change Accord, the Canadian organization advocating for zero emission clean technologies told Canada’s Senate today.

Canada is a world leader in fuel cell technologies, and exports the vast majority of the $200 million a year in Canadian fuel cell production overseas, but lacks a cohesive policy, regulatory and tax framework to encourage domestic deployment of zero emission fuel cell technology and hydrogen technology, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association President Eric Denhoff told the Senate.

Fuel cell technology has given rise to zero emission fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and buses, which produce only air and water and no GHGs, and are powered by hydrogen made from renewables like wind, solar and biomass. These vehicles and buses which will play a vital role in reducing GHG’s and improving air quality for Canadians.

Canadian fuel cells power buses in North America, Europe and Asia, with demand in European and Asian markets growing at an accelerated pace, he said, noting that Canadian fuel cell companies such as Hydrogenics and Ballard Power Systems have recently signed orders for the sale of thousands of bus and train fuel cell sets to China and Europe, continuing Canada’s leadership in the production of hydrogen fuel cell technologies.

However, Denhoff noted that Japan, Korea, China, the United States and Europe have all implemented national hydrogen and fuel cell strategies which encourage the rapid development of the industry in their countries. Meanwhile, Canada still lacks such a strategy and this “threatens our continued growth”.

Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell sector currently provides high-income employment for approximately 2,000 engineers, manufacturing specialists, researchers and business development executives, and the sector continues to expand as the world turns to fuel cells as a viable solution for greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to transportation solutions, fuel cells and hydrogen are highly valued for providing storage for excess wind and solar power—where off peak power is wasted—by taking the off peak wind or solar energy, and storing it as hydrogen in order to return it to the power grid through fuel cells at peak power need times. Furthermore, fuel cells are employed commercially in material handling solutions for large distribution centres, for backup power for telecom systems, for stationary power and increasingly for defence and aerospace solutions.

Hyundai launched commercial availability of Hyundai’s Tucson fuel cell SUV in Vancouver this year, and Honda and Toyota have also launched fuel cell vehicles. German automaker Mercedes-Benz also plans to launch their own fuel cell vehicle in 2017.

“Mercedes invested $70 million in Vancouver to create the world’s first automated fuel cell manufacturing plant, and Mercedes and Ford operate the 325 employee Automotive Fuel Cell Centre in Vancouver, Canada’s largest automotive research centre.” Denhoff noted, adding that in order for automakers and other investors to make further investments in Canada, the country requires National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Strategy to demonstrate Canada’s commitment to the sector, and the framework under which future investments can be made.

In California, for example, automakers are rapidly deploying FCEVs because “there is a plan for funding fuelling stations for FCEVs, a regulatory environment to encourage deployment of FCEVs and incentives,” Denhoff noted following the Senate hearing in Ottawa Thursday.

Now is the time for Canada to structure a national strategy to match concerted, similar efforts of key competitors overseas, and maintain its leadership role in the global hydrogen and fuel cell sector.

For more information, contact:

Eric Denhoff; President & CEO

Phone: 604-760-7176

Email: edenhoff@chfca,ca

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CHFCA Board of Directors Elect New Chair and Vice-Chair

May 17, 2016
CHFCA Board of Directors Elect New Chair and Vice-Chair

Daryl Wilson (Hydrogenics) and Ross Bailey (Greenlight Innovation) elected as Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively

Vancouver, BC—The Board of Directors of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association is pleased to announce the election of a new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board at its regular meeting on May 11, 2016.

Elected to the position of Chairman is Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Hydrogenics, a leading Canadian developer and provider of hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell solutions.  With 25 years of experience in technology and industrial management, Mr. Wilson held senior leadership positions with Royal Group Technologies, ZENON Environmental, TOYOTA and Dofasco before joining Hydrogenics in 2006.

Elected to the position of Vice-Chairman is Ross Bailey, President of Greenlight Innovation, a Canadian manufacturer of fuel cell testing stations, battery test systems, and fuel cell dispensers.  Mr. Bailey has a wealth of experience in technology and corporate leadership with a strong background in sales, marketing, product development, M&A and international business.

Canada is a global leader in fuel cell and hydrogen technology, and Canadian companies are experiencing a record year, with major bus and train fuel cell set sales to China, the United States and Europe, as well as strong sales of new Power to Gas technology, which involve utilizing surplus, off-peak wind and solar power and storing the energy as hydrogen for use when power demand is peaking.

Canada has roughly 2,000 high-income, clean technology jobs in the H2 sector, and our companies generate approximately $200 million in annual revenue, with exports contributing a significant portion.

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Greenlight Innovation to focus on hydrogen fuel station infrastructure

April 20, 2016
Greenlight Innovation to focus on hydrogen fuel station infrastructure

How to gauge the state of the hydrogen and fuel sector? Follow the progress of a small company with big exports.

Ross Bailey is on a mission: To enable customers to develop clean energy technologies.

Eight years ago, when the Burnaby, Canada based company was re-launched by Bailey, a mechanical engineer with an MBA and multiple patents under his belt, the company had nine employees. It was the height of the economic downturn, when many companies who had invested heavily in fuel cell technology turned their focus to other things. Greenlight was no exception. Acquired four years earlier as a testing division by Hydrogenics, another key player in the hydrogen sector, it was dropped. But Bailey, along with three other Greenlight engineers, quickly partnered to jump-start the company on their own, focusing on sustainability and company growth. Today, Greenlight has 43 employees – still a relatively small company – but with big exports to customers around the world.

“For a small company, we deal with a lot of Fortune 500 companies,” says Bailey.

Greenlight is now a global leader in hydrogen fuel cell testing equipment. It has customers around the world, including Korea, China, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, South Africa, India and the US. Customers are divided fairly equally between Asia, Europe and the US, with Canada making up only five per cent of the total business. It’s a segment they'd like to see grow as Canada's economic focus moves away from fossil fuels.

“Our primary focus is on countries with a developed auto industry and an active research and development program at the academic level,” says Bailey.

Greenlight has done business with 11 of the world’s auto manufacturers, and has sold the greatest number of fuel cell test stations of any global supplier.  To service and support their testing equipment for their expanding European customer base, Greenlight opened a subsidiary office in Germany in October of 2015.

Part of Greenlight’s success is in its business model: Operating in multiple countries, and developing multiple products driven by customer needs. Greenlight doesn’t just make testing equipment, it collaborates on the development of diagnostic tools for research institutes and laboratories around the globe, including world leaders Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia’s Clean Energy Research Centre, both based in Greater Vancouver, Canada. The company is also a leading supplier of fuel cell manufacturing equipment.

“We make the tools to put it all together," says Bailey.

In the past five years, the company has happily seen a renewed interest from the auto manufacturers to return to the hydrogen fuel cell for powering vehicles. Offering hydrogen at gas stations better fits the fast re-fueling model that drivers are used to, in comparison to an electric battery car, which faces challenges with limited range and long recharging times, says Bailey.

“I think that most of the car companies would agree that hydrogen fuel cells will play a major part in the future of vehicle technology," says Bailey.

Following the heavy investment in automotive fuel cell technology in the early 2000s and then a bust with the economic downturn of 2008/2009, the automotive industry is now aggressively returning to fuel cells. Work in research and development has now progressed to production. No less than five automakers are working to release their next generation of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), including Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Bailey says he’s seeing a lot of renewed interest from automakers to bring the FCV to full commercialization, which means a new focus for this small Canadian company with big exports.

“This year, our focus is on hydrogen infrastructure products," says Bailey.

Greenlight's newest product is a hydrogen fuelling dispenser that will be unveiled on April 25th at this year’s Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, in Germany. Automakers have agreed on a standardized pressure for hydrogen, now set at 10,000 PSI (700 Bar), which means more hydrogen can be stored in the vehicle. And that translates to greater driving distances for hydrogen-powered vehicles.

“We’ve been working with the car companies for more than fifteen years on their testing equipment for clean energy vehicles, and now we’re going to complement that with hydrogen dispensers to fuel the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell cars,” explains Bailey." It's a natural progression for us."

From research and development to production, to a new focus on infrastructure, Greenlight’s success doesn’t just illustrate savvy business management, but an evolution and maturity in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector. 

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