1913: A.T. Stuart develops the “Stuart Cell”

July 1, 1913

In 1913, Alexander Thomas Stuart, Canada’s pioneer in hydrogen and hydrogen energy technology, developed the “Stuart Cell” which would become one of the world’s leading electrolysis systems for over a century. Stuart would go on to design and build a number of electrolysis  in the 1920s before receiving his first…

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1970s: The founding of the Canadian Hydrogen Association (CHA)

July 1, 1970

Founded during hydrogen’s re-emergence as an energy carrier in the 1970’s, the Canadian Hydrogen Association (CHA) was a non-profit corporation that promoted the production, transportation, storage, and application of hydrogen and encouraged the development of hydrogen energy systems and markets to improve the environment.

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1983: Canada Initiates Development of PEM Fuel Cell Technology

July 1, 1983

In 1983, Canada’s Department of National Defense awarded Ballard Power Systems a contract to produce a low-cost PEM fuel cell. The integration of new flow-field designs and membranes enabled world-leading performance to a single PEM fuel cell, leading developers to believe that PEM fuel cells could one day power a…

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2000: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada (H2FCC) is established

July 1, 2000

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada (H2FCC) was established in 2000 to advance the development and commercialization of world leading hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, products and services, largely clustered in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

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2009: The CHA and H2FCC merge to form the CHFCA

January 1, 2009

In January 2009, the Canadian Hydrogen Association (CHA) and Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Canada (H2FCC) announced that they would be unifying their members to form the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA). The new association was to be headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia and led by John Tak and…

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2009: Largest fuel cell electric transit bus fleet unveiled for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

November 1, 2009

In 2009, BC Transit unveiled its fleet of 20 fuel cell electric transit buses (FCEBs) which would operate during the 2010 Winter Olympic games, being hosted in Vancouver and Whistler. New Flyer was the prime contractor and supplier of the bus chassis while ISE purchased Ballard fuel cells and completed…

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2011: Clean Energy Vehicle Program is introduced in British Columbia

July 1, 2011

The BC Government unveiled the CEV Program in December 2011 as a catalyst for establishing CEVs such as fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the B.C. market and building a foundation for significantly reducing GHG emissions in the personal vehicle sector. The program provides purchase incentives for British Columbians who…

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2015: Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Program is Launched in BC

July 1, 2015

Launched in March 2015, the Clean BC Go Electric Hydrogen Station and Fleet Program (formerly the CEV Hydrogen Fueling and Fleet Program) aims to expand the hydrogen fueling network in British Columbia and support the adoption of FCEVs for commercial and municipal fleets. There are currently four public hydrogen fueling…

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2020: Hydrogen Strategy for Canada is launched

December 1, 2020

On December 18, 2020, the Canadian government launched the Hydrogen Strategy to spur investment and partnerships to establish Canada as a global supplier of hydrogen and to increase domestic production. Recognizing the role of low-carbon and zero-emission hydrogen fuel technology as a key part of the nation’s path to net-zero…

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2021: Alberta releases Hydrogen Roadmap

November 1, 2021

On November 5, 2021, the Government of Alberta released its Hydrogen Roadmap which presents the government’s policy framework for encouraging a domestic market for clean hydrogen and capitalizing on an anticipated multi-billion dollar global hydrogen economy.  The roadmap aims to secure over $30-billion in capital investments and establish Alberta as a global…

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2022: Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy unveiled by Ontario

April 1, 2022

On April 7, 2022, the Ontario government released its Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy to accelerate the development of the low-carbon hydrogen economy in the province to create jobs, attract investment and reduce emissions.  The strategy leverages the province’s strengths, including a highly skilled workforce, clean and affordable electricity, existing storage and…

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