Studies show that a hydrogen infrastructure is both economically viable and doable.
Early markets for fuel cells are driving the installation of small hydrogen fueling stations at warehouses and distribution centres where fuel cell powered material handling equipment is being put to work.
But with the commercialization of fuel cell cars scheduled to begin in 2015, building a network of “retail” hydrogen fuelling stations is essential.
In Canada, we have installed small hydrogen stations, primarily for research and development purposes, to support the demonstration of early fuel cell vehicles. These stations continue to provide invaluable information about how to produce hydrogen cleanly, economically and using the flexibility of local resources – from wind, solar power, and through the capture of waste hydrogen. Examples of these stations include:
- Surrey City Works Yard - Surrey, British Columbia
- BC Transit Fueling Station - Whistler, British Columbia
- Pacific Spirit Fueling Station at the NRC Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation - Vancouver, British Columbia
- Powertech Labs Fueling Station - Surrey, British Columbia
As fuel cell vehicles and other large-scale consumer applications approach commercialization, the next stage is to move from small, experimental stations towards larger-scale fuelling and public stations. Canada is not only ready, we are prepared.