Localised hydrogen generation first for British Columbia


The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 2011 Conference (HFC2011) held this week in Vancouver, BC, Canada opened with an announcement from British Columbia’s Premier, Christie Clark that the province will provide $870,000 in funding to develop the world’s first small scale hydrogen liquefaction plant.

The innovative new plant will be built in North Vancouver, BC, by local companies Sacré-Davey Engineering and its spin-off company Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC), along with international partners Air Liquide.

Using hydrogen by-product vented from an electrochemical plant the 1200 kg/day plant will produce low carbon liquefied hydrogen to power hydrogen fuel cell buses and vehicles throughout the region. It will use proprietary technology and processes HTEC has developed for purification, along with Air Liquide Advanced Technologies group liquefaction process.

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