Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – A hydrogen vehicle loading and fuelling station has opened in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The station is part of Smart Fuel Solutions, a $2.3 million demonstration project funded by Natural Resources Canada, Enterprise Saskatchewan, SaskEnergy and the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC).
Located in Saskatoon’s north industrial district, the station will fuel a fleet of seven hydrogen trucks from SaskEnergy and SRC.
“SRC has been a leader in developing alternative fuel technologies which has highlighted Saskatchewan’s strong innovative capacity,” said Rob Norris, Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration Minister. “As vehicle manufacturers adopt hybrid and enviro-friendly vehicles, hydrogen technology like this one has the potential to be commercialized and benefit Saskatchewan’s economy.”
To obtain hydrogen for the product, SRC engineers designed a system that takes byproduct hydrogen from ERCO Worldwide’s Saskatoon chemical production plant and transfers it through a short pipeline to a loading station at AkzoNobel’s nearby facility. The hydrogen is then dried, compressed and injected into tube trailers that make their way to the commercial fuelling station where it is pumped into vehicles.
When operating in hydrogen mode, the trucks substitute about 45 per cent hydrogen for fossil fuel use in city and highway traffic. At idle and low load, the gasoline engines operate on approximately 100 per cent hydrogen, while diesel engines operate on approximately 60 per cent hydrogen.