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Hydrogen: the green superfuel

October 07, 2013
Hydrogen: the green superfuel

New Zealand hydrogen pilot scheme with clean energy applications for remote communities set to wow the world.

The head of a groundbreaking New Zealand clean energy experiment will present his findings to the world at October's All Energy Australia 2013 expo. Alister Gardiner, from Callaghan Innovation, will showcase his hydrogen energy pilot programme at the clean energy conference and expo - an annual gathering of thousands of renewable energy experts and interested parties. Gardiner's pilot could eventually benefit thousands of isolated New Zealand and Australian communities and South Pacific islands.

Gardiner says he was originally interested in developing fuel cells for transport applications but soon realised the highest energy costs were in isolated areas. "This is where they currently use diesel and LPG for everything and both of those emit highly undesirable pollutants including greenhouse gases," he says.

Last November, Gardiner and his team deployed a small hydrogen production system on a wildlife reserve in Wellington Harbour and the results have been remarkable. Designed specifically to capitalise upon surplus renewable electricity produced from wind and solar PV, the pilot program has shown just how effective and efficient hydrogen is.

"Although we have only used the system in Wellington Harbour intermittently, it has produced more than enough hydrogen to power the heating of water and cooking requirements in a typical energy efficient home.

"Operating the equipment less than half the time, it has produced 800 kilowatt hours of hydrogen.

"The technology is scalable and could quite easily be used as the sole source of water heating and cooking for small communities such as those in outback Australia and on islands in New Zealand and throughout the South Pacific," Mr Gardiner says.

He says modelling shows the costs of producing hydrogen are comparable to the use of diesel and LPG, making it immediately viable after manufacturing scale up.

Mr Gardiner says that before obtaining the most recent results, his team had already proven how useful hydrogen production could be by positioning a small demonstration plant in Totara Valley in remote Wairarapa on New Zealand's North Island.

"It is really great news that could, in time, do away with the need for dirty fuels to power remote communities.

"There is no doubt in my mind that it is cost effective. If we had any qualms that it would cost more we wouldn't be talking about it. Put simply, it doesn't. The last six months have proven beyond doubt that it is a practical alternative to combustion fuels.

"What we are discussing here is a paradigm shift in thinking about remote energy use. Combined heat and power (CHP) generally uses fossil fuels to produce heat and electricity and in this case we are using surplus electricity to produce clean fuel for heating water and cooking," Mr Gardiner says.

He says hydrogen is set to play a far greater role in both Australia and New Zealand. Gardiner talked about using hydrogen as "a clean means of cooking snags or king prawns on a barbecue. They taste just as good but they don't have any down side when it comes to polluting the environment. How good is that?"

 

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Fuel cell businesses resurgent a decade after early hype

October 04, 2013
Fuel cell businesses resurgent a decade after early hype

A new eBay data center in South Jordan, Utah, enables the e-commerce giant to keep its goods flowing, but it is remarkable for another reason entirely. The center is the first facility of its kind to generate all its electricity on site from fuel cells, which are provided by Bloom Energy.

The data center is one more sign that fuel-cell energy companies are in the early stages of a rally. After nearly 10 years of spiraling stock prices, recent technological innovations and improved balance sheets are attracting Fortune 500 companies, both as customers and partners. Now, an industry known for operating in the red shows signs of achieving profitability.

"The market is more and more becoming aware of the attributes of fuel cells and buying into them and all of that is leading to large annual production of fuel cell technology," said Scott Samuelsen, director of the Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California at Irvine.

Revenue from stationary fuel cells grew 55 percent last year, to $1.3 billion, according to Navigant Research's Fuel Cells Annual Report 2013.

Fuel cell systems convert fuels such as natural gas, methane and biogas into electricity via an electrochemical process with minimal emissions. While wind and solar provide intermittent power, fuel cells operate continuously.

"In the early 2000s there was a lot of hype around the sector," said Kerry-Ann Adamson, a Navigant fuel cell analyst. "The technology was in the grip of trying to find where the problem in the market was. At the time, it was a solution without a problem."

But Samuelsen at the Fuel Cell Research Center said two developments have emerged since to lay the groundwork for this rally.

The first is the rise of high-temperature fuel cells. Much of the technology popular 10 years ago required expensive rare earth, such as platinum. But the fuel cell systems from companies such as Bloom and FuelCell Energy are made from cheaper and abundant ceramics.

Tax credits and state rebates have also reduced the cost of fuel cells by as much as half the sticker cost. Programs in California and New Jersey have made fuel cells competitive with conventional energy, reducing the cost of capital investments by up to half when combined with federal subsidies.

That has lead to increased volume and cost reductions, said Samuelsen. Between 2003 and 2011, the price of producing energy from fuel cells fell from $10,000 per kilowatt to about $2,500, according to FBR Capital Markets research.

Projects like eBay's data center are important confidence boosters for companies exploring fuel cells as an option, said Matt Ross, chief marketing officer for Bloom Energy. The privately held company is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., and is backed by $1 billion in venture capital.

Since shipping its first Bloom Boxes to Google in 2008, the company has sold units and energy to companies including Wal-Mart and AT&T. It has also worked with utilities including California's PG&E and Delmarva in Delaware to provide energy.

"We think eBay is a real leader in the data center sector. They've taken a very bold step," said Bloom Energy's Ross. "I have no doubt that others are going to be following their footsteps."

Bloom declines to disclose its financials. The company told Fortune last year that it expects to reach profit this fiscal year.

Two recent announcements could help Bloom get there. It has begun a leasing program backed by Bank of America that will target Fortune 1,000 companies and customers with medium-capacity needs. It also recently entered a joint venture with Japan's Softbank to help fill the country's energy deficit following the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

Another emerging market for fuel cells is South Korea, where the government aims to generate 10 percent of power from renewable sources by 2020. FuelCell Energy, which builds fuel cell energy plants, is currently constructing the world's largest fuel cell park in South Korea with a capacity of 59 megawatts.

FuelCell shares are up about 35 percent this year to $1.25. The median price target now sits at $1.88, according to Thomas One Analytics. FBR Capital Markets believes FuelCell's strong growth in revenue and its backlog of orders—up 126 percent year over year to $410 million—will drive the company to profitability next year.

The road to profitability looks longer for Ballard Power Systems, the leading fuel cell provider for telecoms-backup systems in Asia and South Africa. Ten years ago the company was focused on the nascent electric vehicle sector. It has since focused on money-making ventures like backup energy and powering warehouse forklifts.

Lazard Capital notes that Ballard has reduced its losses, and estimates the company could reach break even in the next few years.

The industry still faces significant risks. It remains largely dependent on government subsidies. If tax credits for renewable energy falter, business could suffer.

Fuel cell companies typically have a narrow portfolio of clients, as well. Just five companies accounted for 86 percent of FuelCell Energy's business in 2012, with South Korean energy company POSCO Energy accounting for 76 percent.

Reception from utilities has so far been mixed, with some companies embracing partnerships and others shunning the potentially disruptive companies. Fuel Cell Research Center's Samuelsen said differences are to be expected during industry shifts. He believes fuel cells will become a needed asset in building smart grids.

"Any fundamental change in a market takes decades. The shift in the energy market to a more resilient, low carbon, distributed energy generation system will take decades to fully deploy," said Navigant's Adamson. "The investment communities are now wise to the fact that the energy markets are in this period of change. Change equals opportunity and they are coming back to the fuel cell industry."

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GM intensifies Army's hydrogen fuel cell research

October 03, 2013
GM intensifies Army's hydrogen fuel cell research

GM is expanding a reGM intensifies Army's hydrogen fuel cell researchsearch project with the U.S. Army to accelerate the development of hydrogen fuel cells.

The company will work more closely with the military's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) to research and test new materials and designs, it said in a statement this week.

GM is a forerunner in fuel cell research and earlier this year teamed up with Honda in a joint effort to bring affordable hydrogen-powered vehicles onto the market by the end of the decade.

The Department of Defense already had been collaborating with GM in Hawaii to test and evaluate fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen refueling infrastructure, said Kevin Centeck, TARDEC engineer and fuel cell team lead.

"Previously, GM and TARDEC demonstrated a fuel cell pick-up truck at Fort Belvoir, working as a utility vehicle," he added.

Now, TARDEC and GM will engage in a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, using their research centers located 20 miles apart. The project likely will last five years, GM said. However, neither GM nor TARDEC would disclose the investment needed or whether the project would create any new jobs.

Some Hawaii vehicles have Exportable Power Take-Off (EPTO) capability, allowing them to serve as 25 kW emergency mobile generators, said Charles Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell activities.

"This is enough power to provide electricity to a small subdivision or an emergency field base," he added. "GM and the Navy are currently evaluating fuel cells in unmanned undersea vehicles, due to the higher energy density capability for the technology."

Other applications for fuel cells have been demonstrated in unmanned aerial and ground systems.

Fuel cells are attractive to the military because they have 2.3 times the efficiency of conventional powertrains and take around three minutes to refuel in spite of their high energy density. In particular, the stealth aspects are appealing: They're quiet and have a low thermal footprint, which is good for combat usage.

 

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140 MW Wind Park officially opens in Germany with Energy Storage facility using 1 MW Power-to-Gas System from Hydrogenics

October 01, 2013
140 MW Wind Park officially opens in Germany with Energy Storage facility using 1 MW Power-to-Gas System from Hydrogenics

On September 19, a 140MW wind farm in Germany has been put into operation with a 1MW electrolysis system from Hydrogenics. The 140 Megawatt wind farm, is located in the municipality of Grapzow (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern District) and is connected via a new substation to the local 50 Hertz 380 kilovolt high voltage grid, and will save 250,000 CO2 per year.

Hydrogenics installed a 1MW Power-to-Gas system inside a newly constructed building. The unit produces 210Nm3 of H2 per hour. The plant’s owners have the option to use the hydrogen in an internal combustion engine to produce electricity or be injected directly into the local natural gas grid depending on operational needs. The hydrogen compression and storage system stores up to 27MW/Hr of energy and dramatically increases the overall efficiency of the wind park by tapping into wind energy which otherwise would be wasted.

The wind farm with 28 wind turbines can provide electricity for 125,000 households, 15% of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region. Mr. Volker Schlotmann, Minister of Energy from the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern attended the event. The Operator of the plant is the engineering group RH2-Werder/Kessin/Altentreptow (RH2-WKA). The storage project is funded by the Germany Federal Government with funds from the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

 

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Ballard Announces Definitive Agreements With Azure Hydrogen For China Fuel Cell Bus Program: (i) License for Bus Module Assembly as well as (ii) Supply of Fuel Cell Stacks

September 27, 2013
Ballard Announces Definitive Agreements With Azure Hydrogen For China Fuel Cell Bus Program:  (i) License for Bus Module Assembly as well as  (ii) Supply of Fuel Cell Stacks Shanghai, China – Further to the MOU announced on May 28, Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) today announced the signing of multi-year definitive agreements to support Azure Hydrogen’s (Azure’s) zero emission fuel cell bus program for the China market. Azure plans to partner with Chinese bus manufacturers in a phased development program for deployment of zero emission fuel cell buses in China, utilizing Ballard’s world leading fuel cell technology.

For the first phase of the program, Ballard has agreed to provide a license, associated equipment and Engineering Services to enable assembly of FCvelocity®-HD7 bus power modules by Azure in China. As per the agreements, once this assembly capability is established, Azure will assemble modules with fuel cell stacks to be supplied exclusively by Ballard.

The expected value of the contract to Ballard over the initial 12-months of the first phase will be approximately $11 million, related to the license for module assembly together with associated equipment and services. If Azure’s China bus program progresses as planned, the contract will generate value beyond the $11 million license revenue, commensurate with the volume of fuel cell stacks to be ordered.

The signing of the agreements took place at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Shanghai (WHTC2013). Several senior Chinese officials participated in the signing ceremony, including Mr. Shi Dinghuan, Counselor to the State Council and former Secretary General of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Ma Jinhua, Secretary of Party Committee of Rugao Economic Development Zone, and Professor Zhang Xinyi, President of Shandong Institute of Technology. The definitive agreements require approval of the Chinese Government.

John Sheridan, Ballard President and CEO said, “We are very pleased to take this step forward in our partnership with Azure, with these agreements representing significant value in the short term and much greater potential in the medium term, in what could become the leading market in the world for zero emission fuel cell buses. As well, this is a key step for Ballard to establish an important licensing revenue stream, expanding the Company’s business model for value creation.”

Ronald Lee, CEO of Azure Hydrogen added, “We see significant market opportunity for the deployment of clean energy fuel cell bus fleets in China, where they will have a direct positive impact on the severe air quality problem in our major cities.”

Azure plans to secure funding from Chinese sources, including both private investors and Governments, to enable the development of fuel cell bus fleets in China for initial public transit service by 2015.

FCvelocity®-HD7 will be the next-generation of Ballard’s fuel cell power module, designed specifically for integration into bus applications. The product reflects improved durability and reliability as well as a significant reduction in cost. This key product development initiative has been supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), an arm of the
Government of Canada which helps commercialize Canadian clean technologies, readying them for growth and export markets.

About Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility. To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning business development opportunities in China, next-generation product attributes and corresponding value propositions for our customers. These forward-looking statements reflect Ballard’s current expectations as contemplated under section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any such forward-looking statements are based on Ballard’s assumptions relating to its financial forecasts and expectations regarding its product development efforts, manufacturing capacity, and market demand.

These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause Ballard’s actual results to be materially different, including general economic and regulatory changes, detrimental reliance on third parties, successfully achieving our business plans and achieving and sustaining profitability. For a detailed discussion of these and other risk factors that could affect Ballard’s future performance, please refer to Ballard’s most recent Annual Information Form. Readers should not place undue reliance on Ballard’s forward-looking statements and Ballard assumes no obligation to update or release any revisions to these forward looking statements, other than as required under applicable legislation.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy securities. The Ballard Common Shares have not been registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

Further Information: Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or or investors@ballard.com

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Canadian Update from the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC 2013) in Shanghai, China

September 27, 2013
Canadian Update from the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC 2013) in Shanghai, China

Shanghai--Canada's Ballard Power Systems rocked the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Shanghai today with the largest-ever fuel cell deal in China, an $11 million definitive contract with their China partner, Azure Hydrogen.

Ballard has already inked a deal with Azure for backup power for telecom units, with an initial sale of units to China Mobile, and the new contract with Azure is a multi-year deal to support Azure's zero emission fuel cell bus program for the China market.

With impeccable timing, Ballard made the deal within days of the Chinese government announcing a first-ever $100,000 Canadian per unit fuel cell bus subsidy, as China struggles with dramatic increases in air pollution and a growing demand for zero emission vehicles to combat carbon emissions.

Several senior Chinese officials participated in the signing ceremony, including Mr. Shi Dinghuan, Counselor to the State Council and former Secretary General of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Ma Jinhua, Secretary of Party Committee of Rugao Economic Development Zone, and Professor Zhang Xinyi, President of Shandong Institute of Technology.

Canada's leading hydrogen and fuel cell companies are doing booming business at the World Hydrogen Conference in Shanghai, including Western Hydrogen, Greenlight Innovation, Hydrogenics, ITM, AECL and others.

The trade mission has been strongly supported by both the Government of Canada and Government of British Columbia, who are seeing significant sales results from recent efforts to expand into new markets for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector.

Over the past year, Hydrogenics signed it's largest contract in the company's history, a $90 million fuel cell contract; Ballard signed a contract with Volkswagen worth up to $100 million; Mercedes established a $70 million+ fuel cell manufacturing plant in Vancouver and Canadian companies have won work on California's expansion of their fueling station network. Hydrogenics also won five of seven contracts let by Germany's largest utility for green gas, taking off peak wind and creating hydrogen which is then injected into natural gas lines.

Continuing Canadian leadership in key hydrogen and fuel cell technologies has resulted in a strong growth path for Canadian companies and a series of new start-ups.

 

Eric Denhoff,

President and CEO

Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association

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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.

September 25, 2013
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

rlegoff@chfca.ca

604-283-1041

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector Recognized for New Export Opportunities and Role in Federal Government’s Plan for Long-Term Prosperity.

September 16, 2013
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Sector Recognized for New Export Opportunities and Role in Federal Government’s Plan for Long-Term Prosperity.

VANCOUVER, September 16th, 2013—The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) has been awarded with $150,000 from the Government of Canada’s Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA).

The announcement was made today by the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade at the Linamar Corporation facility in Guelph, Ontario.

Funding was awarding to 39 industry associations in the total amount of $3,000,000 to help job creation, growth, and open up new markets internationally.

Eric Denhoff, President and CEO of CHFCA stated “I am very pleased that our association received this GOA funding as it will enable our Canadian members to increase international sales and exports to areas of current interest such as Europe, South America, Asia, South Africa and India. This shows that the federal government stands by our sector, believes in our technology and sees an opportunity for Canada in the global economy.”

The hydrogen and fuel cell sector in Canada has created 2,000 jobs in British Columbia alone and currently generates $200,000,000 in sales annually.

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association has a three year plan in place that includes an increased focus on international trade missions to areas such as Korea, China, South Africa, India, South America and Europe, to introduce member companies to new markets overseas.

“CHFCA has an existing MOU with the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AEH2) and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) for the collaboration of work and trade initiatives. The GOA funding allows us to further explore and establish additional international trade relationships with otherwise out of reach markets.”

For further information on GOA please visit: http://www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca/eng/funding/global-opportunities-associations/home.jsp

Contact:

Roxanne Le-Goff
Manager, Marketing and Communications
rlegoff@chfca.ca
(604)-283-1041

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Ballard CEO to Present at Liolios Group Gateway Conference in San Francisco

September 04, 2013
Ballard CEO to Present at Liolios Group Gateway Conference in San Francisco

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP)(TSX: BLD) announced that John Sheridan, President & CEO will present during the Liolios Group’s Second Annual Gateway Conference at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. PT.

Mr. Sheridan will discuss Ballard’s strategic direction within the fast-growing fuel cell sector and will provide an update on the Company’s business and financial results.

A link to the live audio and webcast of the presentation will be available at www.ballard.com under events, and through the Liolios Group websites: www.liolios.com, or www.gateway-conference.com.Ballard recommends registering at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation to ensure timely access.

The webcast will also be archived in the Investors section of the Company’s website, www.ballard.com, for 90 days following the event.

 

About Ballard Power Systems

Ballard Power Systems (TSX: BLD) (NASDAQ: BLDP) provides clean energy fuel cell products enabling optimized power systems for a range of applications. Products deliver incomparable performance, durability and versatility.

To learn more about Ballard, please visit www.ballard.com

Further Information:
Guy McAree +1.604.412.7919, media@ballard.com or investors@ballard.com

 

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Government of Canada Invests in Fredericton Company to Support New Process for Producing Green Fuels

August 30, 2013
Government of Canada Invests in Fredericton Company to Support New Process for Producing Green Fuels

The Government of Canada announced today an investment in Atlantic Hydrogen to develop a new process to efficiently and economically turn carbon dioxide and natural gas into a new generation of green fuels. This technology has the potential to produce precursors to liquid fuels, such as diesel and jet fuels, with near zero carbon footprint.

"Our Government's Economic Action Plan 2013 focuses on the drivers of growth-innovation, investment, skills and communities," said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology, and Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario). "Our long-term economic prosperity depends on supporting businesses that innovate, and we will be there to help them acquire the tools they need to prosper. A strong and vibrant economy improves the quality of life for all Canadians, and today's project in Fredericton is a concrete example of what we can do to better our collective environment."

Atlantic Hydrogen will receive up to $499,800 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) to develop the gas-to-liquid technology. This process will build on the company's proprietary CarbonSaver technology and convert carbon dioxide and methane, produced by landfills and agricultural gas for example, into precursors to liquid fuels.

"Financial and advisory services from NRC-IRAP over the past years have been an important part of our research and development activities," said David L. Wagner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Hydrogen. "This funding helped us advance our CarbonSaver technology towards commercialisation. The current project will get us closer to our goal of using CarbonSaver technology as a step in the process to generate liquid fuels. Our success will benefit all by turning carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into part of the feedstock for an energy source."

Economic Action Plan 2013 provides to leverage research and development and business innovation, leading to job creation, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians. Of this investment, an additional $20 million was provided over three years for a new pilot program to be delivered through NRC-IRAP. The program will enable hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises to commercialize their products or services more quickly and effectively by providing them with credit notes to help pay for research, technology and business development services at universities, colleges and other research institutions.

Media Relations Team
National Research Council of Canada
613-991-1431
1-855-282-1637 (24/7)
media@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Twitter: @nrc_cnrc

Mary Ann Dewey-Plante
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Greg Rickford
613-943-6177
maryann.deweyplante@ic.gc.ca

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