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UBC builds green hydrogen fueling station for trucks – Truck News

The University of British Columbia (UBC) has opened a Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED), capable of fueling cars and heavy-duty trucks with hydrogen.

The hydrogen will be produced using solar and hydro power to operate a water electroyzer, creating green hydrogen. UBC says it’s one of the first sites to combine hydro, solar and hydrogen at a single site and also says it’s B.C.’s first hydrogen station capable of filling light- and heavy-duty vehicles.

dignitaries at hydrogen fueling site
Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Josie Osborne (middle) visits a new UBC-build green hydrogen fueling station. (Photo: UBC)

“The UBC Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) is yet another leap forward in building a clean economy and creating new opportunities for British Columbians,” said Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, Josie Osborne.

“By integrating energy, transportation, and design, SHED not only supports our CleanBC goals but it also positions British Columbia as a world leader in the hydrogen economy. Projects like this demonstrate our commitment to producing clean energy and ensuring a prosperous future for generations to come.”

“Hydrogen can play a critical role in Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy,” said Dr. Walter Mérida, SHED research lead and professor of mechanical engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science. 

“With SHED, we demonstrate hydrogen as a bridge between renewable electricity and sustainable energy services. As technologies become smart and interconnected, we can stop thinking of gas, electrical and digital networks as separate entities.”

The complex, housed within a city block, has a rooftop solar array to power both the hydrogen fueling station and nearby electric vehicle chargers. Parked vehicles can return unused energy to the microgrid through two-way charging.

“Cars sit in parking spaces most of the time — with the right infrastructure, they can also serve as mass power banks, stabilizing the electric grids of the future,” said Mérida.

Funding came from the province ($8.3 million), feds ($5 million), Canada Foundation for Innovation ($4.6 million), B.C. Knowledge Development Fund ($4.6 million), and HTEC ($800,000).


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