Air Products announced that it has been selected by Edmonton International Airport as the hydrogen and technology provider for Alberta’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vehicle fleet.
Under the agreement, Air Products will station a mobile hydrogen refueler at the airport to provide hydrogen for the fleet of Toyota Mirai vehicles. The airport will begin with a fleet of five hydrogen-powered vehicles to be used by employees and plans to expand the fleet to as many as 100 cars to serve as a taxi service at the airport. Fueling of the vehicles is beginning this week.
Myron Keehn, President and CEO of Edmonton Airports, including Edmonton International Airport, made the announcement during a luncheon with Toyota Canada, where they unveiled plans to partner to create the province’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger vehicle fleet.
“Air Products is proud to support Edmonton International Airport in this first-mover project to establish the first passenger hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fleet in Alberta,” said Eric Guter, Air Products’ Global Vice President, Hydrogen for Mobility. “Access to clean hydrogen fueling infrastructure is key to the energy transition and efforts to decarbonize transportation. Air Products’ innovative and efficient mobile fuelers will accelerate the use of hydrogen as an emissions-free transportation fuel as permanent hydrogen infrastructure is built in Western Canada.”
Earlier this year, Air Products announced plans to build the first commercial-scale hydrogen refueling station in Edmonton. The multi-modal station, which will serve heavy-duty and light duty vehicles will be located near Air Products’ net-zero hydrogen energy complex under construction in Edmonton.
The new Edmonton station, scheduled to open in 2025, will include two hydrogen refueling lanes with dispensers for heavy-duty vehicles such as commercial and municipal trucks, and Air Products’ own truck fleet. In addition, the station also will have two fueling positions for light-duty hydrogen fuel cell cars. The hydrogen refueling station is supported in part by $1 million (CAD) in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
“With abundant natural resources and a collaborative approach between government and business, Canada is well-positioned to be a global leader in the clean energy future,” said Rachel Smith, Air Products Vice President and General Manager, Canada. “We are proud to build on Air Products’ investment in the Edmonton region that will help accelerate the use of hydrogen as an emissions-free transportation fuel across western Canada.”
Source: Air Products