By Green Guest | January 30, 2010
BC Transit which provides transit service in British Columbia has launched the hydrogen fuel cell in Whistler, British Columbia that will fuel its 20 hydrogen fuel cell buses. This fleet of zero-emission buses will become the world’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses and will operate as part of the BC Transit bus fleet during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and beyond. The capacity of this hydrogen filling station will be about 23 buses per day. The first bus of this fleet has been delivered in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Besides providing certified hydrogen fuel, Air Liquide also design, construct, runs and manage the filling station that will keep British Columbia’s new fleet of green buses progressing. Air Liquide has collaborated with some Canadian companies like Sacre-Davey Group, Energy Corporation, Hydrogen Technology and Hydrogenics Corporation to launch this project.
These hydrogen fuel cell buses can be twice as efficient as internal combustion. They produce zero greenhouse gas emissions. According to the calculations, over 1800 tonnes of emissions will be saved per annum with the operation of these 20 fuel cell buses fleet. It means some 36,000 tonnes greenhouse gas will be eliminated from our environment during the 20 years lifespan of these hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.
So far Air Liquide has set up more than 40 stations throughout the world. Some other Canadian programs are also working to install hydrogen stations to supply fuel-cell and internal combustion engine powered passenger and utility vehicles. These programs include Vancouver and Montreal airports.
Air Liquide is the world largest company that supplies industrial gases and services to the various industries like chemical, medical and electronic manufacturers. Air Liquide operates in more than 75 countries and have almost 43,000 employees on their payroll. Air Liquide was founded in 1902 and has its headquarter in Paris, France. Their core activities include oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen carbon dioxide and other rare gases.
Air Liquide combines various products and technologies to build up useful applications and services both for their customers and society in general. It is innovative in technologies that curtail polluting emissions, reduce industry’s energy use, recover and build up the future energies, like hydrogen, bio-fuels or photovoltaic energy.
The vision of Air Liquide Group is sustainable and competitive growth by relying on employee commitment, customer trust and shareholder support. The base for the consistent progress of Air Liquide is the diversity of its teams, businesses, markets and geographic presence.
Air Liquide has contributed greatly towards the goal of making environment free from pollution. In year 2008, the Air Liquide Group’s generated revenues amounted to Euro 13.1 billion. Almost 80% of this revenue were earned outside France. Air Liquide is a member of the CAC 40 and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes. It is listed on the Paris Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) as well.
Hydrogen vector of energy
Hydrogen can be used as an alternative fuel solution for vehicles. Hydrogen, if used in a fuel cell, combines with oxygen in the air to generate electricity to power the vehicle, with water as the only emission. Hence, hydrogen has a great prospect to supply clean energy and ensure reliability of supplies.