British Columbia (B.C.) is striving to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Two key components are to encourage electrification and switch to low-carbon fuels like green or blue hydrogen when it is produced with low carbon intensity. When hydrogen is burned or used in a fuel cell, it produces no carbon emissions. There is a lot of potential to use hydrogen for energy in transportation and producing low-carbon synthetic fuels. British Columbia is the first province to have a Hydrogen Strategy, part of the CleanBC Plan. With government, industry, and researchers working towards the same ambitious goal, B.C. will be a leader in the growing hydrogen economy.
Trade and Invest BC organized a mission of five hydrogen technology companies to participate in the China Hydrogen Fuel Cell 2021 (CHFE 2021) at Foshan, China, which comprises the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Hydrogen Industry Conference, and the 5th International Hydrogen Energy & Fuel Cell Technology and Product Expo. CHFE 2021 took place over three days from December 8-10, 2021, attracting over 10,000 visitors. The trade show exhibited products from the whole industry chain and attracted international delegations from Canada, the Netherlands, and Japan.
Working alongside the Canadian Consulate in Guangzhou, Trade and Invest BC led the delegation of B.C. companies that were represented by their in-market staff at the Canadian Pavilion. The B.C. companies exhibited at the trade show and presented at the Canada Hydrogen Energy Technology Conference. Furthermore, they participated in the B2B program organized by Trade and Invest BC and the Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou.
Ballard Power Systems is a leading fuel cell manufacturer headquartered in Burnaby, B.C., with offices in the United States, Europe, and China. The company is focused on providing clean technology innovation and accelerating fuel cell technology adoption.
Loop Energy is an industry-leading developer, manufacturer, and supplier of hydrogen fuel cell systems for vehicle original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and power generation system manufacturers. It is recently featured in our news story with its collaboration with Natural Gas Vehicles International (NGVI)of South Korea.
Quadrogen Power Systems, based in Vancouver, B.C., produces customizable biogas clean-up and processing solutions that allow waste-water treatment plants, landfills, and agricultural digesters to convert waste biogas into sources of clean, renewable heat, and power.
Unilia Canada is a research and development-focused firm based in Burnaby, focusing on hydrogen fuel cell stack engineering. Its parent company, Unilia, is based in Shanghai.
Capsit Technology Ltd. originated from 25 years of fuel cell optimization technology at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria, focusing on fuel cell hydrogen supply and return systems and stack voltage inspection solutions. Capsit has a joint venture in Beijing and a product manufacturing plant in Tianjin.
CHFE is an annual event held by the Nanhai District Government of Foshan City. In the last five years the show quickly grew from a small exhibition hall to one of China’s largest industry trade shows. The show focuses on market opportunities in the Guangdong provinces, and the B.C. companies that attended the December event report that it was a very useful trade show to understand the market more.
British Columbia has a highly innovative hydrogen and fuel cell technology sector. Its Hydrogen Strategy, along with its CleanBC goals, will keep the province in a world-class competitive position as a leader in fuel cell development with a diverse talent pool. For the latest hydrogen news, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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