Canadian Government backs AZETEC project with $2.3m; aims to build a hydrogen refuelling station

Canadian Government backs AZETEC project with $2.3m; aims to build a hydrogen refuelling station

The Canadian Government is helping to build a clean future for the nation by investing $2.3m in the Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project that will implement a hydrogen fuelling station.

The AZETEC project is looking to validate the design, manufacturing and operation of long-range fuel cell electric trucks to operate between Calgary and Edmonton.

To address one of the barriers to fuel cell electric truck adoption, the AZETEC project will install and test a hydrogen fuelling station for highway heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles using real world conditions.

This includes testing capabilities in climates that range from -40°C to +40°C as well as the ability to refuel in 20–45 minutes.

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By installing and testing cutting-edge technologies to support hydrogen heavy-duty trucks and hydrogen infrastructure, the AZETEC project is leading the way towards decarbonising the heavy-duty freight transportation sector.

Federal funding for the AZETEC project has been provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program that aims to accelerate the market entry of next generation clean energy technologies.

Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ballard Power Systems and Dana Inc. have all also invested in the AZETEC project bringing the total funding to $9.2m.

The Canadian Government has stated that it is supporting innovative energy initiatives that will lower emissions, create healthier and cleaner communities and provide opportunities for economic development.

Seamus O’Regan Jr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said, “Hydrogen’s moment has come, and Canada is leading the way.

“Using hydrogen in heavy-duty trucking will lower emissions, increase our competitiveness and drive clean economic growth. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

Chris Nash, President of Alberta Motor Transport Association, said, “The hydrogen fuelling station will support AZETEC commercial trucks in providing access to hydrogen, which diversifies energy opportunities critical to our economic recovery and development.

“Programs like this also show investors that Alberta and Canada recognise the importance of reducing industry’s impact on the environment, and our commitment to building a sustainable, efficient, resilient and responsible supply chain.”

Industry welcomes the Canadian Hydrogen Strategy

“It’s been said for decades that hydrogen’s moment is just around the corner, and I am happy to say that hydrogen’s moment has arrived,” Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Seamus O’Regan, said less than 24 hours ago when he officially launched the Canadian Hydrogen Strategy.

Joining 31 other countries in recognising the critical role of hydrogen in the energy transition, it’s a magnificent move for the country, and one which will help it achieve its goals of becoming net-zero by 2050, create thousands of jobs and position Canada to become a world leading supplier of hydrogen technologies.

Of course, all cannot be achieved without the support of key players in the industry, along with the wider population, as the country hopes to drive this green change.

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