Fuel Cell Generator at Canadian Exhibition

In Phase One of a three-year clean energy demonstration project, Hydrogenics unveiled its 50 kW HySTAT hydrogen fuel cell stationary power generator at the National Trade Center during the 2003 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). A live, working demonstration of what Hydrogenics calls “one of the world’s most promising clean energy technologies” is currently taking place on the grounds of Exhibition Place. Toronto’s Fuel Cell Demonstration is a partnership of Hydrogenics, City of Toronto, and the Board of Governors of Exhibition Place.

Toronto, Canada – August 18, 2003 [] HySTAT demonstrates hydrogen-powered “peak shaving,” an energy management practice that could use hydrogen fuel cells to provide clean supplemental power in times of peak demand, such as on the hottest days of summer when air conditioners strain the system. Hydrogenics developed HySTAT with partial funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) under the Government of Canada’s TEAM program (Technology Early Action Measures). HySTAT produces enough electricity to meet the needs of 10-15 average Canadian homes. The first of its kind in Canada, HySTAT is equipped with a natural gas reformer as part of an integrated refueler system. This refueler system produces the hydrogen fuel for the HySTAT fuel cells and it also supplies hydrogen to an adjacent hydrogen dispenser for vehicle refueling. Cost sharing for HySTAT’s integrated refueler system was provided by the Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance (also through NRCan), as announced earlier this year. This first phase also includes a first-of-its-kind fuel cell vehicle demonstration. Hydrogenics and its partner, John Deere, will display a fuel cell-powered John Deere demonstrator commercial work vehicle that was developed under John Deere’s ePower Technologies program. This vehicle will demonstrate that fuel cell technology can enhance the productivity of work vehicles at the same time that it enables quiet, zero emissions power. The John Deere vehicle will demonstrate hydrogen refueling at the HySTAT refueling dispenser. Toronto’s Fuel Cell Demonstration Project is a three-phase project designed to show the public, in a hands-on setting, how hydrogen fuel cells work and how they can be used in the near future to meet our energy needs, while producing no greenhouse gases or harmful emissions. At this year’s CNE, running from August 15 to September 1, the public can view the demonstration project, complete with a comprehensive educational display. On August 27th, Green Day at the CNE, special tours will be given to showcase a few of the City’s green initiatives, including the Fuel Cell Demonstration project and HySTAT unveiling. “This demonstration project is an excellent example of how Toronto is embracing future technology, while ensuring that we are also protecting the environment at the same time,” said Councilor Mario Silva, Chair of the Board of Governors, Exhibition Place. “The City of Toronto and Exhibition Place are thrilled that we can help showcase leading edge Canadian technology to the people of Toronto, in a real life situation.” “It is important to us to be able to show Canadians that the potential for hydrogen fuel is real; and it is here now,” said Pierre Rivard, president and CEO of Hydrogenics Corporation. “Working with the City of Toronto and Exhibition Place, this demonstration enables Hydrogenics to show why hydrogen will be the fuel of choice for the future and the great potential of fuel cell technology to deliver clean mobile and stationary power.” In Phase Two, planned for the summer of 2004, the HySTAT Fuel Cell Stationary Power Generator will build on Phase One by demonstrating extended offsetting of the electricity required at the National Trade Centre. This will demonstrate how the durability of fuel cell systems is making progress for stationary applications. This is an important step if fuel cells are to compete with existing power technologies. In Phase Three, Hydrogenics will seek an opportunity to incorporate a renewable energy source, such as wind or solar power, to supply electricity to power a Hydrogenics electrolyser refueler to produce hydrogen. There are plans for this hydrogen to be used to refuel a fuel cell hybrid urban transit bus that Hydrogenics is developing with other industry partners with funding from NRCan and the Province of Manitoba. By using wind or solar power to power the electrolyser, this will demonstrate how hydrogen and fuel cells enable a totally clean and renewable solution for power. There are also plans for the bus to demonstrate Hydrogenics’ vehicle-to-grid technology for this phase of the project.