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article imageNew Permanent Hydrogen Fueling Station in Canada

By Nathalie Caron     Oct 15, 2007 in Environment
This weekend, Canada's Environment Minister inaugurated a new $1.6M permanent hydrogen fueling station in Ottawa. Funded by the federal government and Air Liquide, a private energy company, the station is part of a wider hydrogen transportation program.
Sunday morning, Environment Minister John Baird was on site at a downtown location to officially open the newest hydrogen fueling station in Canada, in the core of the nation’s capital.
The station, valued at $1.6M, has been funded half by Natural Resources Canada and by Air Liquide, a hydrogen energy company. So far, the station will be providing hydrogen fuel for three Senate of Canada vehicles, as part of the “Hydrogen on the Hill” program, last December.
The program, a collaboration between Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Ford Canada and managed by Advanced Technologies and Fuels Canada, saw the launch of the three-bus pilot project to test the vehicles in real-life conditions, explains a statement. Its goal is to assess the environmental benefits and commercial feasibility of using hydrogen as a transportation fuel.
“These buses have racked up more than 6,000 trouble-free kilometres over the past year. They're proving that hydrogen is not just a clean alternative – it's also a realistic alternative," said Minister Baird, in a statement.
"As we work toward the transition to a renewable hydrogen economy, Air Liquide Canada is delighted to see the next step in this project become a reality," said Luc Doyon, President and COO of Air Liquide Canada, in the same statement.
"Our partnership with government and industry to educate the public about hydrogen as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels is an example of our joint commitment to sustainable development."
Industry Canada has invested $4.2 million in a $8.5M demonstration project of ten hydrogen shuttle buses, across Canada powered by hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2ICE). In addition to Ottawa, the hydrogen-powered buses will be running in Vancouver, Prince Edward Island and Toronto.
The latest fueling station is the fifth of its kind in Ontario and the tenth in all of Canada.
The program sets itself in the $230M ecoENERGY Technology Initiative, launched last January, aims to accelerate the development and market-readiness of technology solutions in clean energy.
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