A public-private partnership in Canada has launched a US$15.5 million project to develop and demonstrate solutions making use of an existing but currently untapped source of hydrogen fuel.

Through the project, Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Program (IWHUP), purified hydrogen could be used to fuel a fleet of up to 20,000 vehicles in the Vancouver area, greatly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels.

The demonstration will involve the operation of eight light-duty trucks running on hydrogen, four public transit buses converted to run on a combination of compressed natural gas and hydrogen (HCNG), and a fuel cell system operating on hydrogen and providing electrical power and heat to a car wash.

This three-year project is led by North Vancouver-based Sacré-Davey Innovations in corporation with Westport Innovations and Sacré-Davey Engineering.

IWHUP is receiving C$12.2 million in federal funds and C$6.1 million from the industry.