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Versa Power Systems - A Canadian success story you may not have heard

February 02, 2012
Versa Power Systems - A Canadian success story you may not have heard

A powerful story is emerging in Western Canada’s solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) centre, which is yet another example of the “hey, I didn’t know that” world of the Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell sector.

Versa Power Systems has 35 employees seeking to crack some of the biggest SOFC challenges in the world. Operating in Calgary’s southeast industrial sector, Versa has accumulated millions of dollars of the world’s most sophisticated SOFC development, testing, and manufacturing equipment.

Like other Canadian world leaders in the field, Versa has established itself internationally as the “go to” firm in SOFC pre-commercialization research and development. Versa has a strong position and knowledge base in cell materials, cell manufacturing, stack design and stack module engineering. Among their accomplishments is a planar SOFC stack that has been scaled-up to 25 kW, which is attractive for larger stationary power plants.

Versa’s significant projects are:

  1. A demonstration 10 kW natural gas powered SOFC system with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland;
  2. A demonstration of a natural gas powered system and joint development of SOFC power plants for stationary and marine applications with Wärtsilä, the multi-billion-dollar revenue Finnish company;
  3. A 60 kW SOFC system capable of being operated using natural gas or gasified coal for the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
  4. A reversible SOFC/SOEC materials development and stack demonstration project for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. An SOEC is an energy conversion devices that can integrate renewable production of electricity and hydrogen; and
  5. The development and delivery of a high efficiency energy storage system using SOFC/SOEC for unattended aerial vehicles for Boeing. The project is also prime for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The company’s Calgary development facility was established in 1997. Versa is headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, where an additional nine employees develop SOFCs. The company is owned by a consortium of private investors, research institutes and universities. Versa has been actively seeking strategic partnering opportunities with companies that have a fuel cell vision and established market channels.


Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Announces Appointment of Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt as New CEO

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Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Announces Appointment of Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt as New CEO

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire – July 31, 2017) - The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) today announced that its board of directors has named Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt to serve as the organization's new President and Chief Executive Officer of the CHFCA effective August 1st.

Dr. Truckenbrodt formerly served as Chief Executive Officer for the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC), a Joint Venture of Daimler AG and Ford Motor Company, based in Vancouver, Canada.  The CHFCA and Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell sector will benefit from Truckenbrodt’s depth of experience in providing leadership and direction in raising local and worldwide awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.

Instrumental in collaborating with global organizations to promote the commercialization of electric vehicles, Dr. Truckenbrodt led Daimler’s and Chrysler’s Hybrid Development Center in Troy, Michigan, in cooperation with General Motors and BMW AG. Prior to that he was responsible for Daimler Chrysler’s Center for Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Vehicles and worked with Ballard Power Systems. Truckenbrodt has held various positions in the automotive and aeroengine industry, including companies BMW, BMW Rolls-Royce, Daewoo and Daimler Chrysler. Dr. Truckenbrodt holds a degree in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a PhD in Mechanics and Control Systems.

“As a former Chair of both the CHFCA and California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), Dr. Truckenbrodt holds a deep understanding of the hydrogen and fuel cell industries,” says CHFCA Chairman, and CEO of Greenlight Innovation, Ross Bailey. “We are fortunate to have Andreas take the helm at such a critical time for our industry. The need for commercializing clean energy technology has never been greater,” says Bailey, “and the opportunities we’re seeing in transportation and energy storage for hydrogen and fuel cells are enormous.”


About the CHFCA

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association is the national association representing Canada's world-recognized, clean energy hydrogen and fuel cell sector. Its members represent an important, strategic "green jobs" base, and contribute to Canada's clean technology economy. Hydrogen and fuel cell technology has a vital role to play in the transportation, stationary power, logistics and alternative energy sectors.


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Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

Nicolas Hilario

Manager, Government Relations & Communications

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Leading Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Companies Embark on a Trade Mission to the Fifth World Energy Technology Conference in Shanghai, China.

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Leading Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Companies Embark on a Trade Mission to the Fifth World Energy Technology Conference in Shanghai, China.

SHANGHAI, September 25th, 2013--The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is currently in China with a delegation of leading Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell companies to discuss the importance and significance that leading, non-emitting Canadian technology can have to meet China’s energy requirements.

The association members currently with CHFCA are Canadian companies including; Ballard Power Systems, Mercedes-Benz Canada, Hydrogenics Corporation, Greenlight Innovation, Air Liquide, Western Hydrogen and ITM Power.

The trade mission is designed to showcase Canada’s non-emitting technology and the capabilities for establishing renewable power integration, energy reliability, energy security and significant waste reduction.

Eric Denhoff, President and CEO of CHFCA states that “China is a key stakeholder in the clean technology sector and has become focused on renewable energy as pollution rockets to new heights. China is working towards reducing carbon emissions and our Canadian technology can provide China with the necessary tools to reduce emissions. China has already shown interest in our member’s technology and this trade mission will provide for new opportunities.”

Canadian company Ballard Power Systems recently signed an MOU with Azure Hydrogen Corporation of Beijing, China for Azure to develop fuel cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard’s technical support- this project could lead to the deployment of non-emitting buses in China.

“It is an exciting time for Canadian companies as more and more companies are looking to Canada for technology and R &D expertise.”- Eric Denhoff.

The Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia are sponsoring major pavilions at the World Hydrogen Technical Conference 2013 in Shanghai, with thousands of delegates from around the world attending.

About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national, non-profit association that supports Canadian corporations, governments and educational institutions that are developing, demonstrating and deploying hydrogen and fuel cell products and services in Canada.

CHFCA members work on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, components, systems supply and integration, fuelling systems, fuel storage, and engineering and financial services.Globally, hydrogen and fuel cell products are moving towards commercialization.

The Canadian sector is a global leader as a result of pioneering technologies, world-renowned expertise, and a 25-year history of partnerships between industry, academia and Canadian governments. The CHFCA is playing a key role in this leadership.

Contact Information:

Roxanne Le-Goff

Manager, Marketing and Communications


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