Vancouver, British Columbia – British Columbia has announced $870,000 in funding for the development of the world’s first small-scale hydrogen liquefaction plant, which will be built in North Vancouver.

“Innovation like this by B.C. companies shows why the province is and will remain a world centre for hydrogen and fuel cell technology,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We will continue to champion made-in-B.C. hydrogen, electricity and natural gas as clean, ‘green’ fuels of the future for B.C. families.”

The plant will be built by B.C.-based Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation and Sacré-Davey Engineering, along with international partner Air Liquide. It will use local byproduct hydrogen to produce low-carbon liquefied hydrogen to power fuel cell buses and vehicles throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Production is expected to begin in about 18 months. The plant will produce 1,200 kilograms of liquid hydrogen per day, enough to fuel a fleet of over 1,500 passenger fuel cell vehicles or 50 transit buses.

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