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Hydra Energy developing retrofit training program – Truck News

Hydra Energy has announced it is developing a retrofit training program for technicians, so they can quickly convert Class 8 diesel trucks into dual-fuel vehicles that run off both diesel and hydrogen.

This comes as the company achieves its fastest ever retrofit, a 2024 Western Start that was converted in just 10 hours. The company is working with Western Canadian dealership First Truck Centre on the training program, tapping into funds it received from an Alberta Innovates Hydrogen Centre of Excellence grant.

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Ultimately, Hydra says it will develop a four-day training program to scale up conversion capacity through partners such as First Truck Centre, which has 13 locations in B.C. and Alberta.

“The grant from the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence has been instrumental for Hydra Energy. It has enabled us to showcase our technology, train technicians, and collaborate with key players in the Alberta trucking industry, fostering widespread adoption,” the company said in a release. “The Centre plays a vital role in advancing Alberta’s hydrogen economy by supporting the entire value chain and bridging innovation gaps. It serves as a connecting forum for researchers, academics, innovators, industry, and government, helping Alberta achieve its hydrogen ambitions and become a global leader in hydrogen utilization.”

The recent conversion will be driven to Edmonton where it will be showcased to First Truck Centre employees.

“Energy Transition in Canada is going to be guided by creative solution providers like Hydra,” said Rod Graham, president and CEO, First Truck Centre. “We are very pleased to be partnered with such a progressive group. This milestone conversion is just another important achievement on the journey to net zero.”

First Truck Centre plans to add four technicians to manage the retrofits, and Hydra says it will also train half a dozen students over the next two years.


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