RMP is based near Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit River separates the City of Detroit & the City of Windsor. The Ambassador Bridge connects the two cities and soon the Gordy Howe International Bridge, a once in a generation undertaking, will be a second major bridge connecting the two cities. Windsor is my personal connection to Canada and has been woven into the fabric of my life since I was a child. I can remember seeing Ronald Reagan at Cobo Hall in the morning & crossing the bridge to Windsor and seeing Queen Elizabeth in Windsor on the very same day. The USA & Canada border is vast and the friendship & commerce all along the USA & Canada border provides many folks from Washington to New York their own personal connections to our neighbor to the north.
Canada is also a leader in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology. Ballard Power is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and is a leading global provider of innovative clean energy & fuel cell solutions. Hydrogenics is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada is a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel cell products based on water electrolysis and proton exchange membrane technology. In fact, in last quarter’s USA H2 infrastructure report, I mentioned the new Stratos H2 Refueling Station (HRS) which uses 100% renewable hydrogen made from water which is located, ironically, in Ontario, California. Ontario is also the name of the Canadian province where the City of Windsor is located. Hydrogenics HyStat technology used at the Stratos HRS in Ontario, California allows us to make pure H2 from water for fast refueling of trucks, cars, & busses right now! There is no other zero emission tech that allows vehicles to do this and Canada is an integral part of the story.
On June 15, 2018 the first public HRS opened in Vancouver, Canada in its Marpole neighborhood (or as they say in Canada “neighbourhood”). Shell has plans to open two more stations in Vancouver to accompany this first station. This kind of news should be covered in RMP’s quarterly report and that’s why the USA Quarterly H2 Infrastructure Update will now becomes the USA & Canada Quarterly H2 Infrastructure Update starting in Q3 of 2018.
The hydrogen fuel cell community is small and collaborations are key to develop this industry into a strong & sustainable part of our energy economy. Collaborations between companies, governments, and communities are important to fostering a strong development of the hydrogen fuel cell economy. Let this new report name be a metaphor for how important it is to recognize collaborators & friends like the USA & Canada in our reporting & in our actions.
RMP will begin working to modify our USA H2 map of HRS locations to include new locations in Canada as we also work to obtain latitude & longitude information for other countries like China. Furthermore, when Mexico begins to deploy fuel cell technology this report may again change names to become the North American Quarterly H2 Infrastructure Update.
I hope you’ll come back to check out our Q3 report in less than a couple months that will cover updates in the USA & Canada.
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