Canada Maintains Fuel Cell Funding

Stephen Owen, Secretary of State, on behalf of Allan Rock, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for Canada’s National Research Council and Western Economic Diversification Canada announced a number of investments in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells International Conference, in Vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia – June 20, 2003 [] The conference showcased Canadian fuel cell and hydrogen industry capabilities to international markets, helps foster strategic alliances and raises awareness of fuel cells and hydrogen domestically. “The funding initiatives announced today are great examples of how Canada has become a leader and innovator in pioneering hydrogen and fuel cell technologies,” said Owen. “The work begun at this conference will help build key partnerships here in Canada and abroad.” Included are funding initiatives from Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), and the National Research Council (NRC): – CAD$540,000 (US$401,000) from WD to the Clean Energy Research Center at the University of British Columbia. The project will assist the University of British Columbia in purchasing specialized equipment and instrumentation to help equip laboratories in the Faculty of Applied Science’s new Clean Energy Research Center to conduct leading edge research into fuel cell systems integration and hydrogen production technologies; – CAD$1.5 million (US$1.11 million) from WD to support the operations of Fuel Cells Canada, non-profit, national industry association; – A total of CAD$1.5 million (US$1.11 million) from the NRC (CAD$1 million) (US$74,000) and WD (CAD$500,000) (US$372,000) for the NRC’s Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation (NRC-IFCI) hydrogen-ready environmental chamber controlled for temperature, humidity and altitude. This chamber will allow companies and researchers to test and evaluate fuel cell vehicles and products in conditions that simulate the Northern Territories, Winnipeg and Mexico City – all from one location. This facility, along with nine hydrogen-ready labs, on-site expertise and safety infrastructure, supports the NRC’s research program and is available to industry for collaborative research or fee-for-service use. “The opportunities for Canada in the hydrogen and fuel cell industries are tremendous,” said Rock. “We are already world leaders in this area, and these types of collaborative efforts by partners across the value-chain will strengthen our position and further develop our expertise.”
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