Hydrogen energy project planned for two Canadian airports

Air Liquide Canada is leading a C$14 million (US$12.4m) hydrogen energy project to demonstrate an array of innovative hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies operating on the site of Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and at another international airport to be announced later.

The project will involve an array of hydrogen powered technologies and the fueling infrastructure that supplies them. In Montréal, the 20 million people who pass through the airport each year will have the opportunity to ride hydrogen powered shuttle buses, while airport employees will be using a number of hydrogen powered utility vehicles, from pickup trucks to the tractors used to pull baggage trains.

Air Liquide Canada will provide the hydrogen. The company will also install a unique station to fuel several vehicles simultaneously at pressures of 350 and 700 bar (5000 and 10,000 psi) and to refill portable hydrogen tanks. The airport will run two buses and nine other vehicles converted to hydrogen in this project.

The collaboration also involves Natural Resources Canada and Québec’s Agence de l’efficacité énergétique (energy efficiency agency, AEE), as well as 14 other companies.

The Canadian federal government is contributing C$2.4 million (US$2.1m) to the project through its ecoENERGY Technology Initiative. The C$230m ecoENERGY Technology Initiative was launched in 2007 to support the development of technologies to increase Canada’s supply of clean energy, reduce energy waste, and reduce the environmental impact of the production and use of conventional energy.

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