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Clean-tech companies put B.C.’s Hydrogen Strategy into action

Clean-tech companies put B.C.’s Hydrogen Strategy into action

August 21, 2021 at 8:00 am  BC, News, Politics

Two Lower Mainland companies are helping B.C. transition to a clean-energy future by advancing the use of hydrogen technology, creating jobs and supporting B.C.’s Hydrogen Strategy.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, on a recent tour of Burnaby’s Ballard Systems and Cellcentric said: “B.C. is home to many innovative clean-tech companies that are helping us grow as a leader in the hydrogen economy. We’re seeing B.C. companies engaged in businesses that show how hydrogen will help us meet our CleanBC goals and create new high-paying clean-tech jobs throughout the province as well.”

Ballard Power Systems, incorporated in B.C. since 1979, is a leading global provider of hydrogen fuel-cell products for sustainable transportation. The company has invested more than $1.5 billion in research and development to advance fuel-cell technology over the past 40 years. Ballard designs, manufactures and sells fuel-cell products that power zero-emission transit buses, trucks, ships, trains and other heavy-duty vehicles that contribute to emission reductions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors. Its heavy-duty fuel-cell power modules lead the industry in performance, durability and overall road experience.

Cellcentric, a new partnership between Volvo and Daimler, brings 30 years of extensive experience in developing safe and efficient world-class hydrogen fuel-cell systems to be used flexibly in heavy-duty trucks and other commercial vehicles or for non-automotive application, such as an emergency power supply of critical facilities in data centres. Cellcentric’s goal in development of its fuel-cell systems is zero emissions with the greatest efficiency as it aims to become a leading global manufacturer.

The B.C. Hydrogen Strategy provides a roadmap for how the province can be a world leader in the production, use and export of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen. Shifting away from fossil fuels is critical for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Hydrogen is a key practical solution to decrease emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, like medium- and heavy-duty transportation.

CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. It supports government’s commitment to climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets and build a cleaner, stronger economy for everyone.

Quick Facts:

  • B.C. is the first province in Canada to release a comprehensive hydrogen strategy.
  • Part of CleanBC, the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy includes 63 actions for government, industry and innovators to undertake during the short term (2020-25), medium term (2025-30) and long term (2030 and beyond).
  • B.C. is recognized internationally as a global leader in hydrogen and fuel-cell research and development.
  • More than 50% of Canada’s hydrogen and fuel-cell companies are in B.C., and the province accounts for about 60% of research investment in hydrogen and fuel-cell development.

Learn More:

To read the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy, visit:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/electricity-alternative-energy/electricity/bc-hydro-review/bc_hydrogen_strategy_final.pdf

To read about the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, visit: http://gov.bc.ca/lowcarbonfuels

To learn more about Ballard Power Systems, visit: https://www.ballard.com/

To learn more about Cellcentric, visit: https://www.cellcentric.net/en/

For more about the CleanBC plan, visit: https://cleanbc.gov.bc.ca/

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