Vancouver company angles to put fuel cells into cargo trucks

The Vancouver Sun reported on the move to expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells in freight transportation to replace diesel engines.

So far the cells have been promoted for use in cars, trams and busses. Local startup Loop Energy signed a deal with a major Chinese company to test their prototype fuel cell in a truck used to move containers around port terminals and warehouses.

“It’s a larger problem than personal mobility, so absolutely we need to look at heavy-duty applications,” said Walter Merida, director of the clean energy research centre at UBC. “Mining trucks, rail, ferries, you name it.”

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