Hydrogenics Corporation, developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based fuel cell power modules, announced that it has been awarded two projects valued, in aggregate, at USD$4.4 million by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for its “Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Technology Demonstration” program. CECs’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is designed to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help meet the state’s sustainable goals.
For the first project, “Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology Demonstration for Drayage Truck,” Hydrogenics, with the technical support of Siemens, will integrate its advanced CelerityPlusTM fuel cell drive system into a Class 8 drayage truck. Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI) will demonstrate the hydrogen fuel cell-powered drayage trucks on the Alameda Corridor as well as in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles.
For the second project, “New Flyer Advanced Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology Demonstration for Bus,” New Flyer will integrate Hydrogenics’ CelerityPlusTM fuel cell drive system into its 40-foot battery transit bus platform, Xcelsior, for a 12 month demonstration. Siemens will again provide technical support. SunLine Transit will operate the bus over its regular route in Coachella Valley, California to validate the viability and market acceptance of this pre-commercial advanced fuel cell propulsion technology.
“CelerityTM is a fuel cell system purposely developed for medium and heavy duty buses and trucks, providing a distinct solution which will help accelerate the commercialization of zero emission vehicles. By reducing the time and cost needed to integrate fuel cells into a vehicle’s drive train, we expect to see increasing demand in the quarters to come,” said Daryl Wilson, CEO of Hydrogenics.