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Canada: Northern B.C. Switching Fleet of 65 Heavy-Duty Trucks from Diesel to Hydrogen

By June 29, 2021 3   min read  (426 words)

June 29, 2021 |

Northern B.C. Switching From Diesel to Hydrogen
  • Heavy-duty hydrogen fuelling station powers clean energy transition

A fleet of 65 heavy-duty trucks will be able to make the switch from diesel to hydrogen in northeastern B.C. with support from the Province’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

“By working with hydrogen suppliers and the trucking industry, we’re hauling B.C. toward a low-carbon future. Hydrogen fuels allow us to reduce emissions in our transportation sector,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “This project demonstrates B.C.’s hydrogen opportunity, helps a business realize fuel cost savings and accelerates our transition to a cleaner economy.”

Hydra Energy will receive LCFS credits worth a current market value of $1.9 million to build a hydrogen fuelling station in northeastern B.C. Trucks that rely on conventional diesel will be retrofitted to allow them to transition to low-carbon byproduct hydrogen that will be captured at a local sodium-chlorate facility. These retrofits will allow the trucks to use 40% hydrogen fuel and reduce emissions by 67 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per truck per year. Hydra anticipates the facility will be operational by early 2023.

“Hydra is proud to be in British Columbia, an ideal jurisdiction for the development of low-carbon hydrogen,” said Jessica Verhagen, CEO, Hydra Energy. “We hope to see B.C.’s approach replicated in Canada’s forthcoming clean fuel standard.”

The forthcoming B.C. hydrogen strategy will provide a roadmap for how the province can be a world leader in producing, using, and exporting renewable and low-carbon hydrogen. Shifting away from fossil fuels is critical for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Moreover, hydrogen is the only practical solution to decrease emissions in hard-to-decarbonize sectors, like medium- and heavy-duty transportation.

The Province is supporting this project with B.C. Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits. The B.C. LCFS offers credits to fuel suppliers undertaking actions to increase the use of low-carbon fuels that would not occur otherwise. The program is an important part of achieving the targets set out under CleanBC.

CleanBC is a pathway to a more prosperous, balanced, and sustainable future. It supports the government’s commitment to climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets and build a cleaner, stronger economy for everyone.

Quick Facts:

  • Hydra Energy was the first company to provide the technology for and fuel commercial co-combustion trucks in British Columbia. These trucks have driven over 200,000 kilometers.
  • The Province awarded LCFS credits to 22 projects under the program’s 2020 intake.
  • The LCFS requires fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel by 20% by 2030.

Source: BC Government

 

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