British Columbia aims to support fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles - British Columbia

Government has high hopes for hydrogen fuel cells The government of British Columbia, Canada, is preparing to show more support for fuel cell vehicles. The province has become a clean transportation hub, with many of Canada’s clean vehicles operating in British Columbia. With hydrogen fuel cells establishing a stronger position in the transportation space, some government officials believe that these energy systems will speed the transition toward vehicles that generate no harmful emissions. Fuel cell vehicles will benefit from the Clean Energy Vehicle Program The province has announced that it…

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Hydrogen fuel infrastructure pilot project set to launch in British Columbia

Canadian project aims to expand the country’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure A new pilot project is set to launch in British Columbia, Canada. The Capital Regional District (CRD) finance committee has granted approval for a new hydrogen fuel station, which will be built in Greater Victoria. The project will cost approximately $2 million. While the project has already received approval by the financial committee, it must still be ratified by the Capital Regional District board members. If ultimately successful, the project would be one of the largest hydrogen-focused initiatives in Canada….

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Canadian geothermal village could generate all the power it needs

Hot springs in a town located along British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains offer renewable energy. The town of Valemount, British Columbia is a natural geothermal village. It is located along the Canadian Rocky Mountains and features the Canoe Reach hot springs. The hot springs are among the warmest surface hot springs in the country. As a result, the town has decided to make some renewable energy plans for this natural resource. At the moment, the hot springs offer tourists a gorgeous destination to visit. However, they may also turn the location…

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Clean vehicles may need more support in British Columbia

Canadian rebate program supporting clean vehicles is beginning to run out of money Clean vehicles may lose some support in British Columbia, Canada, in the coming months as the province’s rebate program begins to run out of money. The rebate fund, which had some $7.5 million on hand, was meant to last three years, but this is not likely to be the case. The fund is mostly depleted, despite the fact that it was launched in April of 2015. The rebate fund was meant to support the adoption of clean…

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British Columbia joins international alliance to promote electric vehicles

Province aims to push the adoption of electric vehicles in the coming years British Columbia, Canada, has joined an international alliance that is meant to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Canadian officials gathered with other world leaders in France to address issues concerning climate change. There, Mary Polak, British Columbia’s Environment Minister, announced that the province had joined with others to promote clean transportation. While British Columbia has had trouble making electric vehicles attractive to consumers, being a part of the international alliance may add momentum to the adoption of…

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Ballard forms deal with Chinese company to bring hydrogen fuel cells to China

Trade deal with China may signal a bright future for hydrogen fuel cells Canada recently launched a trade mission to China, sending several businesses from British Columbia to the country to establish new deals. One of these companies was Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells. China has been growing more aggressive on the renewable energy front, looking to reduce harmful emissions that have lead to a severe air pollution epidemic throughout the country. Fuel cells may soon serve as a way for China to become more…

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Vancouver embraces renewable energy

City Council votes to adopt renewable energy in a major way The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, has become the first city in Canada to aim to derive no less than 100% of its electrical power from renewable energy sources, following a vote from the City Council. The council unanimously voted to embrace renewable energy, hoping to abandon more conventional forms of power that are environmentally hazardous. British Columbia has become a very prominent clean technology and energy market, where innovation is being supported by provincial policies and initiatives from…

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More support is coming for electric vehicles in Canada

BC government launches new initiative to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles The government of British Columbia, Canada, has announced a new initiative to encourage consumers to purchase clean vehicles. The government will be offering incentives to those that want to buy electric vehicles, and these incentives will help make these vehicles more affordable. Electric vehicles have been around for several years, but these vehicles have been slow to sell because of their relatively high cost and their lower efficiency when compared to conventional vehicles. $7.5 million being invested in…

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Hydrogen fuel bus fleet to be sold off in Canada

BC Transit has put an end to its experiment with fuel cell buses British Columbia, Canada, will be selling off its fleet of hydrogen fuel buses in the coming months. BC Transit, which had operated the buses, had acquired these vehicles for the 2010 Olympic Games. The buses were part of larger plan to showcase the potential of hydrogen fuel cells and how these vehicles could be used in transportation. Hydrogen fuel has become quite popular in the public transit space, but the cost of fuel cells is beginning to…

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Geothermal energy may be a less expensive option than hydropower for Canada

New report highlights the low cost of geothermal power The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association has released a report that suggests that geothermal energy is significantly less expensive than hydropower. The report also notes that geothermal projects are more beneficial to the environment and have a more positive impact on the economy. Geothermal power has been growing in popularity for some time, but several countries have done relatively little to tap into the inherent power of the planet. As Canada begins to focus more heavily on renewable energy, however, it is…

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Hyundai to bring hydrogen fuel vehicle to Canada

Hyundai to become the first automaker to offer a fuel cell vehicle in Canada South Korean automaker Hyundai will be the first in the auto industry to offer Canadian consumers a chance to drive a fuel cell vehicle. The automaker has announced that it will be bringing its hydrogen-powered Tucson to Canada, making it the first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle to be sold in the country. The company will be releasing this vehicle in Vancouver, British Columbia, in early 2015, at the same time that Toyota will be launching its…

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New partnership seeks to promote renewable energy and fight climate change

Renewable energy and climate change are the focus on a powerful new partnership The west coast of North America has banded together in order to fight climate change. The governments of British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington have entered into a new partnership in order to reduce harmful emissions and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy. This partnership is called the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy and is one of the first of its kind to be focused on derailing climate change specifically. Climate change continues to…

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Grant program for electric vehicles extended in British Columbia

British Columbia Supports Electric Vehicles

Province aims to continue support of electric vehicles The Canadian province of British Columbia has become a strong supporter of clean transportation in recent years. The province has set up for itself ambitious emissions reduction goals that it plans to meet without trouble. Clean transportation is to play a significant role in this endeavor, as conventional vehicles contribute heavily to the emissions problem that the province has targeted. The province currently offers a financial incentive to encourage residents to purchase electric vehicles, such as those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells….

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New FuelCell Energy project focuses on renewable hydrogen fuel production

British Columbia - Fuel Cell Vehicles

Hydrogen fuel production targeted as main focus of new project FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has won a contract to demonstrate the capabilities of a new fuel cell energy system in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The fuel cell system will generate electrical power but will receive the hydrogen gas it uses from a nearby landfill. The gas acquired through the landfill will be purified by Quadrogen Power Systems into high quality hydrogen, which will then be used to generate renewable electrical power….

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British Columbia offshore wind energy project taps Siemens

Offshore Wind Energy

Offshore wind energy gaining some steam in Canada The U.S. and Europe are not the only ones interested in offshore wind energy. Canada has been showing more interest in wind energy in recent years, with offshore being a particularly favorable option. Most of the country’s recent offshore wind energy endeavors have been focused in Lake Ontario and Wolfe Island Shoals. There are two projects underway between these two locations, both of which have met with delays due to government moratoriums. British Columbia is home to an ambitious offshore wind energy…

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Whistler hydrogen powered buses reach major milestone

Hydrogen Fuel - Hydrogen Powered Bus

Hydrogen powered buses travel ore than 1.5 million miles Whistler, British Columbia, an iconic resort town in Canada. The town is also home to a pilot project from Ballard Power Systems concerning hydrogen powered buses. Whistler boasts of a fleet of 20 buses, each equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell from Ballard. The pilot project’s aim is to show the viability of hydrogen fuel in transportation and collect data concerning the performance of fuel cells in Whistler’s acclaimed terrain. The Whistler fleet of buses has reached a major milestone this…

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