Zen to Participate in Alberta Fuel Cell Electric Bus Demonstration Project

On Monday November 1, 2021, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) and the Government of Alberta announced $4.6 million in funding for the City of Edmonton to demonstrate two hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEB) and supporting fueling infrastructure to be used in road trials shared by the municipalities of Edmonton and Strathcona County, with the active participation of Calgary, and Banff/Bow Valley. In total, the four partner transit agencies operate 41% of Alberta’s urban transit buses. The AZEHT project will monitor the performance of the FCEBs and compare these buses with diesel, CNG and battery electric alternatives. Data collected will assist with the development and execution of commercialization strategies. This initiative will increase demand for hydrogen and support the deployment of economically viable fueling stations and distribution systems in the province, an important step in the transition to a hydrogen economy, which will benefit the province through GHG emission reductions, economic growth, and job creation.

The Alberta Zero Emission Hydrogen Transit (AZEHT) project includes the purchase of two FCEBs from New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, integrated with one of Ballard’s commercially tested fuel cell electric engines. Road testing is needed to demonstrate the technology’s capabilities under Alberta conditions. Fuel for this project will be supplied directly by Suncor Energy with the systems set up for the Alberta Zero Emission Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project, which is demonstrating class 8 fuel cell trucks, using hydrogen produced in the Alberta Industrial Heartland.

Zen Clean Energy Solutions will be the Project Manager, and will manage the scope of work, schedule, budget, and project documentation to ensure reporting requirements met. Zen will also work with the four Alberta transit agencies (Edmonton Transit Services, Strathcona County Transit, Roam Public Transit, and Calgary Transit) to develop a Fleet Transition Plan for each agency which lays out a comprehensive roadmap to achieve a full transition to zero-emission operation. The project was one of 16 finalists in ERA’s $176 million Shovel-Ready Challenge. Funding was sourced from the Government of Alberta’s Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund.


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