IPHE Country Update: November 2016
Name: Eric H. Barker
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Covered Period: June 2016 - November 2016
New Policy Initiatives on Clean Technologies and Clean Energy (Read more)
Federal government: A number of items in the March 2016 Canadian federal budget reinforced the government`s position that a competitive economy and environmental protection are linked. Priorities include: clean infrastructure development ($5B); the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ($2B); sustainable natural resource development ($1B); clean technology research, development & demonstrations ($230M); clean energy vehicle infrastructure development ($62.5M to date); air pollution ($345M); energy efficiency ($129M); sustainable municipalities ($125); along with other policy developments.
Over the past six months, the following action items have been taken:
- $800M commitment towards the development of innovative clusters expected to have broad economic and environmental impacts;
- Extensive consultations with leading innovators from industry, academia and other levels of government have taken place, nationally;
- A number of federal, provincial and municipal governments are reengaging with the HFC industry and related initiatives;
- The Government of Canada (GoC) has committed to the development of a national HFC Roadmap (2016/2017);
- An Economic Analysis and Modelling of Retail Hydrogen Fuelling Infrastructure project has been launched;
- The 2016 "Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Sector Profile" was completed.
- 3 new federally supported retail Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) are to be built - locations to be announced;
- The GoC is committed to supporting the development of additional HRSs, assuming FCEVs are available (2018 – 2026);
- Transport Canada recently acquired two Toyota FCEVs to support environmental and safety testing. Test results will inform the development of codes, standards, and regulations required to support the commercialization of FCEVs.
- The Ministers of Transportation, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Natural Resources Canada had an opportunity to drive a Toyota Mirai on Parliament Hill as did other senior government officials.
- On October 3rd, 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that provincial governments have until 2018 to adopt a carbon pricing scheme, or the federal government will impose a price for them – a minimum of $10 per tonne by 2018 and $50 a tonne by 2022.
In August, 2016 British Columbia (BC) released a $120K “Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Economic Analysis” report which was produced in partnership with the GoC, industry, and academia. Despite certain challenges to be overcome, analysts concluded that the province has a number of competitive advantages, which are enabling BC based suppliers to pursue opportunities in the CEV sector. BC’s established HFC industry, academic institutions, and supply chains being the largest drivers. The results of the study are being used to inform the development of a new provincial program designed to address the challenges and opportunities associated with the development of the region’s CEV industry along with the infrastructure to support it. For additional information: See Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) Economic Analysis.
The Government of BC continues to support the introduction of CEVs in the Pacific region through product purchase and infrastructure development incentives. FCEVs are eligible for a $6,000 rebate and EVs $5000. The BC CEV program is also providing support towards the development of a new retail HRS in the Vancouver area and potentially in Victoria, the capital of BC.
In August 2016, BC released its Climate Leadership Plan. The plan highlights the first set of actions being taken to help meet the province’s 2050 emissions reduction target of 80% below 2007 levels. BC has broad based carbon tax of $30/tonne; its low carbon fuel standard is driving the development of HRSs in the province; in 2015 97.6% of BC’s electricity supply came from renewable energy; and, BC was the 1st jurisdiction in North America to achieve a carbon-neutral public sector.
On May 24, 2016, the Province of Alberta introduced Bill 20: the Climate Leadership Implementation Act, which implements the carbon levy on Albertans and Alberta businesses that the government announced under its Climate Change Leadership Plan. Beginning in January 2017, Albertans will be subject to economy-wide carbon tax of $20 per tonne which will increased to $30 per tonne by January 2018. The province expects the tax will generate revenues of over $3B per year by 2018. These funds are to be used to support: green transportation infrastructure development; energy efficiency programs; renewable energy research, development and investments; and, an adjustment fund to help lower-income Albertans offset the cost increases of carbon pricing.
In May, 2016 the Province of Ontario finalized the rules for its new cap and trade program and passed the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act which ensures that proceeds from the province’s cap and trade program are invested in a transparent and accountable way back into green projects that will help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas pollution and save on energy costs. Ontario expects to generate up to $1.9B per year in proceeds from its cap and trade program. This revenue will be deposited into a new Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account and reinvested into: clean transportation; energy efficiency programs; renewable energy; and, renewable off-grid electrification.
Ontario’s objective is to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15% below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 % by 2030 and 80% by 2050. For additional information on the tools and incentives available to help achieve their goals, please consult Ontario’s June 2016, Climate Change Action Plan.
Quebec’s primary tool for fighting climate change is their 2013 – 2020 Climate Change Action Plan. Priorities include: the electrification of transportation; the development of public transit; energy efficiency; renewable energy; clean technology R&D. The estimated $3.3B required to fund related activities come from the auctions associated with the provinces cap and trade system established in 2013. Although FCEVs are not currently eligible for the provinces $8K EV product purchase incentive the expectation is that this will change as in March, 2016 the Quebec Government revised its policies to include hydrogen as a source of energy and, the Université du Quebec a Trois-Rivières (UQTR) recently took possession of a FCEV. UQTR has hydrogen production & dispensing on sight.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Update (Read more)
The Simon Fraser University led Catalysis Research for Electrolyte Fuel Cells Network (Carpe-FC) is in its 5th and final year of operation. Carpe-FC is a pan-Canadian academic network with active participation from 8 universities, 4 SMEs, an industry association, and three government departments. It comprises of a multi-disciplinary team of over 100 researchers from universities and government laboratories across Canada, who work closely with participating industry partners. Thanks in part to their active involved in the Carpe-FC network, participating firms have been able to reduce the amount of platinum loading by close to 70%, while effectively managing durability and performance.
Demonstration and Deployments Update (Read more)
The 1st commercial FCEV was delivered to the province of Quebec (Université du Quebec a Trois-Rivières) and, two additional FCEVs were delivered to customers in British Columbia (HTEC, Powertech Labs).
In October, Ballard Power Systems announced the commissioning and deployment of its 22nd of 330 FC buses (FCB) in the city of Foshan, China. Alstrom unveiled the 1st of 1000 Hydrogenics Corporation powered fuel cell passenger train completely powered by hydrogen at Berlin InnoTrans trade show in September 2016.
Events and Solicitations (Read more)
Globe Capital 2017: April 4 – 5, 2017, Toronto, Ontario. Globe Capital is a new summit for leaders to discuss how to mobilize and accelerate the capital necessary to transform our economies.
Hydrogen & Fuel Cells 2017 Summit - HFC2017:June 5 – 6, 2017, Vancouver, BC. A biennial conference, hosted by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) to increase awareness of the economic, environmental and social benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.
Investments: Government and Collaborative Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Funding (Read more)
The Government of Canada will co-invest in the deployment of three additional public HRSs over the next 1.5 years. Locations to be announced with additional HRS investments to follow, assuming automotive OEMs commit to bringing FCEVs to the market.
The BC government (BCG) has committed to investing in a public hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in partnership with industry. Location to be announced. The BCG is also in discussions with the Capital Regional District of Victoria, given their interest in FCEV fleets.
Transport Canada purchased and took possession of two FCEVs for evaluation, testing and to further the advancement of related codes and standards.
Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
Catalysis Research for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells (CaRPE-FC) Network
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Canada
The NSERC Hydrogen Canada (H2CAN) Strategic Research Network
Reports & Publications
Member Statements (Read more) - Last updated November 2016
- Canadian Statement (PDF); 26th Steering Committee Meeting; Gwangju, Republic of Korea; November 1-4, 2016
- Canadian Statement (PDF 510KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting; Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016
- Canadian Presentation (PDF 622KB); 25th Steering Committee Meeting;Berkeley, CA, USA; May 17-20, 2016
- Canadian Statement (PDF); 24th Steering Committee Meeting;Grenoble, France; 1-3 December 2015
- Canadian Statement (PDF); 23rd Steering Committee Meeting; Wuhan, China; 27-28 May 2015
- Canadian Statement (PDF 155KB); 22nd Steering Committee Meeting; Rome, Italy; 2-3 December 2014
- Canadian Statement (PDF 289KB); 21st Steering Committee Meeting; Oslo, Norway; 19-21 May 2014
- Canadian Statement (PDF 70KB); 20th Steering Committee Meeting; City of Fukuoka, Japan; 20-21 November 2013
- Canadian Statement (PDF 313KB); 19th Steering Committee Meeting; London, United Kingdom; 23-24 May 2013
- Canadian Statement (PDF 348KB); 17th Steering Committee Meeting; Cape Town, South Africa; 3-4 May 2012
- Canadian Statement (PDF 701KB); 14th Steering Committee Meeting; Shanghai, China; 21-22 September 2010
- Canadian Statement (PDF 575KB); ILC/SC Joint Meeting; Washington, DC; 1-3 December 2009
- Canadian Statement (PDF 295KB); Steering Committee Meeting; Reykjavik, Iceland; 26-27 September 2006
- Canadian Statement (PDF 1.04MB); Steering Committee Meeting; Kyoto, Japan; 14-15 September 2005
- Canadian Statement (PDF 343KB); Steering Committee; Paris, France; 26-28 January 2005
- Canadian Statement (PDF 616KB); Steering Committee; Beijing, China; 26-28 May 2004
- Canadian Statement (PDF 10KB); ILC Meeting; Reisensburg, Germany; 26 February 2004
- Ministerial Statement (PDF 70KB); IPHE Inaugural Ministerial Meeting; Washington, D.C.; 20 Nov 2003
Involvement (Read more) - Last updated April 2009
Canada is recognized internationally as a global leader in hydrogen and fuel cell research, development and early stage commercialization. Canada is a large producer and user of hydrogen and home to a significant concentration of hydrogen fuel cell expertise. Canada’s industry is diverse and is representative of all elements within the supply chain from hydrogen manufacturing to fuel cell integrators.
Largely consisting of small and medium sized enterprises and research organizations across the country, the sector is supported by a well-educated labour force with advanced skills – key ingredients in building Canada’s knowledge economy. Canadian companies have established a competitive global position resulting from years of research, development and demonstration activities. The largest cluster of hydrogen and fuel cell companies in Canada is located in British Columbia. Other clusters are located in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.
Program Structure (Read more) - Last updated April 2009
Canada’s program targets four areas area sustainable hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, fuel cells and safety, codes and standards.
Hydrogen’s value as an energy carrier stems from the wide base of primary energy sources which can be employed to produce it. These include both renewable sources such as hydro, wind, solar and biomass, and non-renewable sources such as natural gas, coal and nuclear energy.
Historically, Canada’s main thrust of past investments has been in hydrogen production via water electrolysis with special emphasis on systems for hydrogen production from wind. A considerable amount of R&D was carried out to address hydrogen production from low-value materials such as hydrogen sulphide and from coal or petroleum coke via the steam/iron process (a technology for centralized hydrogen production allowing easier carbon capture). Smaller program elements included purification and separation. Activities have steered away from technologies which are being developed extensively in other countries and for which there was not a unique Canadian capability. Recently, and going forward, Canada’s activities have focussed almost exclusively on electrolytic hydrogen production using PEM technology.
Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the deployment of fuel cell technologies in stationary, portable, and transportation applications. The challenge for most end-uses is reversible, lower cost hydrogen storage systems with high volumetric and gravimetric hydrogen storage capacities. For transportation, the overarching technical challenge for hydrogen storage is how to store hydrogen on-board to meet performance (weight, volume, kinetics, etc.) safety and cost requirements and enable 300 +mile range, without compromising passenger/cargo space. Durability over the performance lifetime of these systems must also be verified and validated, and acceptable refueling times must be achieved.
Canada’s past investments have been in development of compressed, liquid and solid-state hydrogen storage systems.
Canada has been developing fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and portable applications for over 30 years. For transportation, stationary power generation (e.g., energy systems, back-up power), and portable devices, the focus is on proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. For larger-scale energy generation, the focus is on the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), which can, in some cases, directly use natural gas or other hydrocarbons as fuels.
Codes, Standards and Safety
The successful global commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells depends on internationally accepted codes and standards. These will help to increase the experience, knowledge and confidence of local, regional, and national officials in the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, and facilitate the development of regulations. R&D supports the development of performance-based, rather than product-specific, codes and standards.
International collaboration in this area is essential. Canada has played a leading role as chair of the ISO Technical Committee 197 (Hydrogen Technologies) and as a strong contributor to the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement Task 19. Task 19 participants have been working to identify the physical properties of hydrogen which impact the issue of safety.
Canada has also developed the Canadian Hydrogen Installation Code. Published by the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) as a National Standard of Canada, the Canadian Hydrogen Installation Code (CHIC) [CAN/BNQ 1784-000] will help pave the way for a greater use of hydrogen as an energy carrier by guiding safe design and facilitating the approval process of hydrogen installations across Canada.
Highlights (Read more) - Last updated April 2009
The following are examples of significant accomplishments that are helping to build Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry. Demonstration projects in Canada and other IPHE partner countries are featured on Canada's Demonstration & Deployment page.
Canadian Fuel Cell Commercialization Roadmap
In 2003, Canada released its first commercialization roadmap. The roadmap was aimed at accelerating full-scale commercialization of Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to capture benefits from substantial industrial investments in research and development and to develop long-term solutions to meet Canada’s climate change goals. In 2008, Canada updated the Canadian Fuel Cell Commercialization Roadmap. The update begins by outlining why hydrogen and fuel cells are considered an essential part of the future low carbon energy systems for transportation and stationary power as well as an energy innovation in portable electronics. It continues by providing an overview of global hydrogen and fuel cell markets as background and context for the activities of the Canadian industry.
The Hydrogen Village in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) was a public/private partnership demonstrating and deploying various hydrogen production and delivery techniques as well as fuel cells for stationary, transportation (mobile) and portable applications. The program, was funded by Hydrogen Village Members, Natural Resources Canada and the Government of Ontario, was in operation from April 2004 to March 2008.
Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program
he Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Program was a collaborative five-year vehicle deployment and evaluation activity involving the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Ford Motor Company USA, Ford Motor Company of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada. The program, for the first time, put limited production fuel-cell-powered electric drive vehicles into the hands of selected Canadian users for independent operation and evaluation under real-world conditions. Located in the British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, the vehicle demonstration program began in April 2005 and sunset in March 2010. Vehicle users included Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation, Ballard Power Systems, BC Hydro, BC Transit, Brown Bros. Ford, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, City of Vancouver, City of Surrey and Powertech Labs.
The British Columbia Hydrogen Highway (HH) was launched in March 2004 as a large-scale, coordinated demonstration and deployment program for mobile, stationary, portable, and micro hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Projects under the HH umbrella included: the Integrated Waste Hydrogen Utilization Project located in North Vancouver; BC Transit operated hydrogen fuelling station in Victoria; Powertech Labs station in Surrey; Pacific Spirit Station in Vancouver; and, the Whistler station to support the 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses that were operated by BC Transit during the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games until the end of March, 2014.
The HH received one of the first "Sustainability Stars" recognizing sustainability innovations in economic, social and environmental initiatives awarded by the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Winter Games.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Gateway
In early 2008, a technology demonstration and exhibit centre showcasing Canada's world-leading hydrogen and fuel cell industry was officially opened. The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Gateway was located at the National Research Council (NRC) Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Vancouver, and was conceived through a public-private partnership between the NRC, Natural Resources Canada, Industry Canada, the Government of British Columbia and the Canadian Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association.
2010 Olympics – First Bus Delivered as part of World’s Largest Development of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses
The first of 20 buses were delivered and successfully tested as part of the world largest hybrid electric fuel cell bus fleet. The bus was part of BC Transit’s project to demonstrate sustainable transportation technologies for the 2010 Olympics in Whistler, B.C. The twenty new hybrid electric fuel cell buses and two Hydrogen Highway fuelling stations were put into service in 2010 at Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria. The low-floor buses capabilities include of 500 km, a top speed of 90 km/h and a life expectancy of 20 years. They were the sixth generation of a fuel cell buses developed in Canada. Several Canadian companies were involved in this project such as Ballard Power Systems, Dynetek Industries, Hydrogenics Corporation, New Flyer Industries, Questair Technologies, Air Liquide Canada, and Sacre-Davey Engineering.
National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Directory
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Directory is a free public on-line database of information on researchers and facilities in Canada. The purpose of the Research Directory is to increase the visibility, researcher collaboration and use of Canadian research and laboratory services in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. See: www.chfca.ca
Establishment of AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation
AFCC Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation (AFCC) is a private Vancouver-based automotive fuel cell technology company founded in 2008 and owned 50.1% by Daimler AG and 49.9% by Ford. AFCC was created to focus on fuel cell research, development and design specifically for automotive applications. AFCC is working closely with Daimler and Ford to advance automotive fuel cell technology.
Establishment of the Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Manufacturing Facility
In 2011, Daimler announced that Vancouver, Canada had been selected at the location of choice for the establishment of an automated fuel cell stack (engine) manufacturing facility which was named Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell (MBFC). MBFC was opened in June 2012 and it’s mandate is to determine how to manufacture FC stacks, on an industrial scale, at an affordable price.
Demonstration & Deployment (Read more) - Last updated April 2009
HYDROGEN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM OVERVIEWS
Canada has been involved in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for over three decades. Canada is well positioned to be a leading developer and adopter of these technologies for two main reasons. Firstly, Canada is the largest per capita producer of hydrogen in the OECD, producing approximately 3 million tonnes annually. Secondly, Canada is a world leader in the development of fuel cell technologies and hydrogen infrastructure systems.
Over the past several years, Canadian governments, industry and academia have worked together to demonstrate a number of Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Such as:
The Hydrogen Highway and the Vancouver Fuel Cell Vehicle Programs - in the province of British Columbia (BC)
These initiatives involved the development of a network of hydrogen fueling stations, a number of FC vehicles, hydrogen powered internal combustion engine trucks, FC buses and also showcased several stationary, portable and micro fuel cell applications throughout British Columbia’s south western region.
BC Transit Fuel Cell Buses - in the province of BC
Hydrogen fuel cell buses produce no harmful emissions or greenhouse gases. At maturity, life cycle costs for fuel cell buses are expected to be lower than today's conventional buses. The purchase of these fuel cell buses and hydrogen fuel reinforced BC's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Results from past tests of fuel-cell-powered transit buses are valuable, but the tests were restricted to small numbers of buses at any particular location. BC Transit was be the first to fully integrate an entire hydrogen fuel cell bus fleet into a transit system and their usage provided valuable information and data to the industry.
Hydrogen Villiage in the province of Ontario (ON)
The goal of Hydrogen Village was to raise awareness and break down barriers to markets for hydrogen, fuel cell, and other relevant technologies within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
PEI Wind-Hydrogen Village – in the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI)
The PEI Wind-Hydrogen Village project was being developed in North Cape, Prince Edward Island as a unique grid-independent energy supply solution for remote communities. The system is designed to operate on the basis that when the wind is blowing, wind turbines supply power to connected buildings as well as a hydrogen production, compression and storage system. When there is low or no wind conditions, the stored hydrogen is used to fuel a hydrogen engine generator that keeps electricity flowing to the buildings. The PEI Wind-Hydrogen Village was intended to demonstrate an effective and sustainable means for addressing the intermittency of wind power in stand-alone applications. Hydrogen produced from local wind and water is a truly clean and renewable energy carrier with potential for reducing dependency on imported fossil fuels for stationary power and transportation applications.
HYDROGEN FILLING STATIONS (NATIONWIDE)
Total of 16 hydrogen filling stations
|Station||Capacity||Dispensing Pressure||Production Method|
|North Vancouver, British Columbia (Northlands Station)||
Storage at 45MPa: 250kg
|Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Translink)||
Storage at 45MPa: 120kg
|Surrey, British Columbia (Powertech Labs)||
Storage at 85MPa: 60kg
|On-site Electrolysis (24kg/d)|
|Surrey, British Columbia (70 MPa mobile trailer)||
Storage at 85MPa: 60kg
|Surrey, British Columbia (25 MPa mobile trailer)||
Storage at 25MPa: 80kg
|Vancouver, British Columbia (Pacific Spirit Station)||
Storage at 45MPa: 67kg
|Victoria, British Columbia)||
|Whistler, British Columbia (2009)||
Liquid Storage: 5500kg
Storage at 45MPa: 24kg
|Ottawa, Ontario (Natural Resources Canada)||
Storage at 45MPa: 60kg
|Oshawa, Ontario (General Motors)||
Storage at 45MPa: 60kg
|Toronto, Ontario (Purolator)||
|Toronto, Ontario (North Toronto Station)||
|Toronto, Ontario (Exhibition Place)||
|Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island||
Storage at 45Mpa: 30kg
|North Cape, Prince Edward Island (2009)||
Storage at 45MPa: 15kg
HYDROGEN VEHICLES INVOLVED IN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS
- 5 fuel cell vehicles in Vancouver and Victoria
- 4 dual-fuel pick-up trucks (ICE) in Saskatoon
- 8 hydrogen internal combustion engine ICE pick-up trucks in Vancouver
- 20 fuel cell buses in Whistler (2009)
- 10 hydrogen internal combustion shuttle buses: Ottawa, 3; Vancouver, 2; Toronto, 3; and Charlottetown, 2
- 4 hydrogen/compressed natural gas (20% hydrogen by volume) transit buses in Vancouver
STATIONARY FUEL CELLS
- 5-kW solid oxide fuel cell at the National Research Council in Vancouver; designed to provide electricity and heat for the institute's building
- 150-kW PEM stationary fuel cell for heat and power at Easy Wash car wash in North Vancouver
- 20-kW fuel cell backup power system located in an office in an 80 year old building in downtown Toronto
- 200-kW phosphoric acid fuel cell located at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta; providing heat and power for a swimming pool complex and used as a teaching tool
- 1.2-MW molten carbonate fuel cell located at Enbridge in Toronto (In addition to the fuel cell, the power plant includes a 1.0-MW unfired gas expansion turbine (turbo-expander) that recovers pressure energy lost during natural gas pipeline operations.)
- 8-kW fuel cell backup power system located at McKesson, Canada in Toronto
DEMONSTRATIONS INVOLVING OTHER TYPES OF FUEL CELL APPLICATIONS
- 19 fuel cell forklifts in Oshawa