It is the first retail hydrogen vehicle refueling station in Canada open to the public
Canada’s first retail hydrogen refueling station for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, has been rolled out by Shell and Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC). The first of three fuel stations that Shell and HTEC plan to open in Vancouver, this is the first retail hydrogen vehicle refueling station in Canada open to the public.
Oliver Bishop, GM of Hydrogen for Shell, said, “After bringing hydrogen refueling sites to other markets globally, we are excited to work with Vancouver-based technology provider, HTEC, to add even more locations to our growing network. This is early days for hydrogen in Canada, but we believe hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles have the potential to be an important part of a future low-carbon transport system.”
When driven, hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity and produce only heat and water. An alternative to the conventional internal combustion engine is offered, in addition to a driving experience similar to battery electric vehicles, and zero local emissions. With the ability to be refueled in a few minutes at a standard station with a hydrogen dispenser, hydrogen vehicles can drive up to 700 kilometers.
“Working with HTEC to bring hydrogen refueling to Vancouver is one of many exciting ways we are advancing cleaner energy solutions and evolving to meet the changing expectations of customers,” said Michael Crothers, Shell Canada President and Country Chair. “Canada is well suited to capitalize on the energy transition thanks to the ingenuity of Canadians and our willingness to work together. We’re grateful for the collaboration between industry and government that was instrumental in making this station a reality.”
Shell is part of a joint venture with the ambition to open a network of up to 400 hydrogen sites by 2023, and the launch of the Vancouver station follows similar openings in the UK, California, and in Germany. The potential of future projects in the United States, Switzerland, Austria, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, China and the Netherlands is also being assessed by Shell.
Colin Armstrong, CEO of HTEC, said, “HTEC is proud to be partnering with Shell to build three retail hydrogen stations as part of a six-station network in Greater Vancouver and Victoria. Refueling infrastructure must be in place to support hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle rollouts and it’s exciting to see Canada’s first wave of retail hydrogen refueling stations being built here in BC.”
Apart from funding from both the Provincial and Federal governments, through the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Western Economic Diversification Canada’s WINN initiative respectively, critical investment in the station comes from LGM Financial Services. PWKD19062018
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