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The Energy Efficiency Office of Works and Emergency Services and the Corporate
Services Department's Fleet Services Division, in partnership with Hydrogenics
Corporation and Exhibition Place, are implementing a three-year, three-phase
Fuel Cell Demonstration project at Exhibition Place. The three-year,
three-phase demonstration project will test and assess fuel cell technology and
determine how it can be used in the City's fleet of vehicles and facilities.
Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that convert the energy of a chemical
reaction between oxygen and hydrogen directly into electricity. This
leading-edge technology has the potential to emit zero emissions because its
only by-products are water and heat.
The first phase, currently being presented during the Canadian National
Exhibition (CNE), offers the public a chance to learn more about fuel cell
technology and its potential as a clean air energy source. Phase One of the
project features a 50 kW HySTAT fuel cell generator that helps to meet peak
electricity demands for Exhibition Place's National Trade Centre. CNE visitors
can see a smog-free, first-of-its-kind, fuel cell-powered John Deere
demonstrator vehicle. This vehicle will demonstrate hydrogen refueling at the
HySTAT refueling dispenser. In addition, the Fuel Cell Demonstration tent
offers an educational, hands-on demonstration of interest to all ages. The tent
is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until September 1, and is located on the
lawn outside the Kids Science Building, across from the Press Building.
The Fuel Cell Demonstration project is part of a City of Toronto goal to reduce
carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent, relative to 1990 levels, by 2005.
"Moving towards cleaner air is an important City of Toronto mandate," said
Barry Gutteridge, Commissioner, Works and Emergency Services. "Fuel cells offer
us an exciting, clean air alternative and we're hopeful this demonstration will
illustrate their potential as a viable, zero emission energy source for Toronto
and its residents."
Hydrogenics Corporation is a fuel cell developer located in the Greater Toronto
Area (GTA) and is a leading developer of fuel cell technology in Canada and the
United States. "The demonstration will show the public the state-of-the-art
fuel cell technology that Hydrogenics is developing right here in the GTA,"
says Pierre Rivard, President and CEO, Hydrogenics Corporation.
"The Board is proud to participate in this Fuel Cell Demonstration project,"
said Mario Silva, Chairman, Board of Governors of Exhibition Place. "It fits
very well with our focus on the environment and our efforts to showcase 'green'
initiatives on Exhibition Place grounds."
More information about the City of Toronto's Fuel Cell Demonstration project
can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/wes/techservices/fuel_cells/index.htm
Richard Morris, Manager, Energy Efficiency Office,