According to the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association Canada is primed to make a global presence as a provider in fuel cells for 2015 models of automobiles. It also currently a world leader in fuel cell and hydrogen utilization technologies. Expansion into an already growing market has the potential to gain over $200 million in revenues and provide over 2,000 well paying jobs for people in the technical industry.
Outside of integrating its use with existing natural gas sources, Canada has also begun to convert other sourced that would normally be classified as waste hydrogen. The integration of hydrogen fuel cells has not only been seen in the government transportation sector, but also its role electrical departments has begun to expand as well. With the use of hydrogen powered generators called ElectroGen, power is being used to supplied to remote areas where the power grid’s infrastructure is weak.
The hydrogen powered generators are also being used to help communications by powering towers in certain areas. Ballard Power Systems, the company responsible for the generators, has plans to use them in combination with solar power to run a pilot project in India to create a telecom network.
Hydrogenics, the company responsible for converting the surplus into useable power, has also begun to dominate the European market for power-to-gas contract. Their advanced and efficient technology provides hydrogen fuels that can be used in many different applications, both in the home and industrial sectors. They are also capable of producing plants that use wind power to transform water into hydrogen that can then be added into other systems, such as those that handle natural gas.
They are also responsible for the adapted technology that many big business are beginning to integrate into their systems, such as hydrogen powered machinery. From small equipment such as forklifts to entire entire electrolyser systems that are vital in hydrogen production, Hydrogenics has helped Canada secure its place as a leader in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.
Being on the forefront of hydrogen cell technology has had no only given Canada the chance to partner with other countries, but it has also caused an influx of companies. Collaborations with countries such as Germany and Korea have further expanded the development and expansion of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The advances have peeked a lot of interest in different business who have taken up production in Canada. This seems especially true for some well known American companies that are facing higher demands for cleaner vehicles from not only the consumers but government as well. Daimler, Ford, and Nissan have all taken up researching and developing at plants in Burnbay and Vancouver. Wal-Mart, who has a large distribution facility near Calgary has also taken to integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology in their forklifts.
What the future holds for Canada hydrogen and fuel cell industry.
Already known as a leader in the field, Canada has a firm hold on the future of cleaner and more efficient energy. The industry continues to advance through its prominent pioneer companies. Skilled researchers whose experiments and successes continually redefine the hydrogen industry are ensuring that Canada’s future looks blindingly bright.