VICTORIA — The BC Hydrogen Ports Project, which aims to decarbonize commercial transport, is receiving $4 million from the Government of British Columbia.
It is the first large-scale project in the province to use hydrogen and fuel cells in the shipping and transportation sectors which account for 60 per cent of transport emissions and 25 per cent of total provincial emissions, states a news release.
The project is being led by HTEC, a Canadian consortium of companies that focuses on clean-hydrogen production, distribution, dispensing and fleet-services.
HTEC developed the higher-capacity fuelling station for heavy-duty hydrogen electric vehicles. One such station will be established at a Parkland Corporation cardlock site on Tsawassen First Nation Land. HTEC will also be supplying the clean hydrogen for the project.
Four fuel-cell electric yard trucks and two Class 8 drayage trucks will be leased to fleet operators as part of the project. The vehicles are developed by Hexagon and use Type IV hydrogen-storage systems and high-energy density Li-ion battery packs.
It is estimated the project will reduce CO2 emissions by 110 kilo tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, the same amount of energy used by 21,000 homes per year.