In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada the world’s first small scale liquid hydrogen plant is being constructed. And the kicker is that they will be recycling “waste hydrogen” to put to good use in H2 cars and buses.
According to the official British Columbia Newsroom, “The hydrogen liquefaction plant will produce 1200 kg/day of liquid hydrogen. This is enough to fuel a fleet of over 1,500 passenger fuel cell vehicles or 50 transit busses.”
Now, if you’re already familiar with hydrogen news coming out of the British Columbia region you may have already heard me talk a time or two about the Canadian Hydrogen Highway being built there. In fact, before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver I had talked several times about how British Columbia was getting H2 fueling stations built and hydrogen buses tested and ready for the event.
And if you happen to be a long-time reader of this blog you may remember back in December 2007 I had talked about the same company that is building this liquid hydrogen plant, Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) also capturing waste hydrogen gas from a couple of different sodium chlorate plants to recycle into compressed hydrogen gas for cars and buses.
It’s good to see that the Canadian Hydrogen Highway hasn’t stalled its operation since the 2010 Olympics have come and gone. And what better way to power clean vehicles than to use waste hydrogen that would have been simply burned off?
When corporations really start to think about conservation, recycling, reducing waste and reducing their own carbon footprint, then we all benefit in the end. And powering H2 cars from waste hydrogen is definitely a step in the right direction.