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The Energy Efficiency Office (EEO) of Toronto Works and Emergency Services will
be hosting phase two of the City of Toronto's fuel cell demonstration project
at this year's Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) on Tuesday, August 24 from
10:30 a.m. to noon, in a tent across from the Press Building. The demonstration
will feature ride-and-drive opportunities for media and other CNE attendees.
EEO's partners in this demonstration are the City's Fleet Services Division,
Hydrogenics Corporation, Exhibition Place, Toronto Hydro, and Toronto Renewable
Energy Co-operative. The demonstration will showcase a number of prototype fuel
cell powered vehicles, developed by Hydrogenics and its partners, including a
John Deere commercial work vehicle, a Class 1 sit-rider forklift and a small
urban car. These vehicles will be refuelled with hydrogen produced by
Hydrogenics' HyLYZER at a fully operational hydrogen refuelling station at the
site of the wind turbine at Exhibition Place.
"Through revolutionary projects such as this, the City of Toronto renews its
commitment to improving our environment and the quality of life of all Toronto
residents," said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, chair of the CNE Board of
The fuel cell demonstration project helps the City meet its goal of reducing
carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent. "With power from the wind turbine used
to run the HyLYZER, this year's demonstration is an opportunity to showcase the
clean technology that can be used in the future to power vehicles and much
more," said Dave Kaufman, Acting Commissioner, Works and Emergency Services.
"To accelerate the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells, the Canadian
government, through a commitment of over $200 million in funding over the next
five years, has put its support behind this sector," stated William Crowther,
Executive Director, Technical Services Division, Works and Emergency Services.
The three-year, three-phased project is now entering its second year and will
continue to inform and educate the public about the potential of the fuel cell
technology as a clean energy source. The first phase was presented at last
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.
For more information about the fuel cell demonstration project visit
Richard Morris, Manager, Energy Efficiency Office and co-chair of the Greater
Toronto Area Hydrogen Village, 416-392-1110