December 15, 2020, Toronto, Canada––The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen collaboration and reciprocity between the respective organizations.
The MOU outlines various areas of cooperation between CUTRIC and CHFCA to advance next-generation zero-carbon mobility and transportation solutions across Canada. Key areas of collaboration will include mutual membership, strategic participation in cross-association events, and information exchange.
“The development and adoption of zero-emission technologies, especially hydrogen fuel cell electric buses, will help improve the environment while creating jobs just when we need them most,” said Dr. Josipa Petrunic, President and CEO of CUTRIC. “CUTRIC looks forward to working with CHFCA to make Canada a leader in zero-emissions hydrogen transportation.”
Recognized internationally as a global leader and pioneer in hydrogen and fuel cell research, development and commercialization, Canada is home to a significant concentration of hydrogen and fuel cell expertise that spans across transportation and all other elements within the supply chain.
“Canada’s hydrogen and fuel cell sector looks forward to working with our colleagues at CUTRIC to promote cross-industry engagement in low-carbon mobility,” said Mark Kirby, President and CEO of the CHFCA. “Hydrogen is essential to decarbonizing Canada’s transportation sector and virtually all other sectors while providing an economical and efficient choice for our citizens and industry.”
CUTRIC is set to commence its Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration Trial, a national, multi-year project in which Canadian cities will work with manufacturers and academic researchers to deploy fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) and hydrogen fueling infrastructure. CUTRIC has also created an advisory committee composed of three research institutes that conduct research related to hydrogen-fuel-cell electric buses and fueling systems, including their operation, design, and consumer acceptance.
In October, the CHFCA launched its national Urban Transit Task Force to promote and share the advantages of hydrogen energy and fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) with Canadian municipalities and transit agencies through a comprehensive communications and marketing campaign. The Task Force comprises key industry players such as Ballard Power Systems, New Flyer, Cummins, HTEC Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation, Loop Energy, Groupe Filgo-Sonic, Next Hydrogen, Nel Hydrogen and others.
About the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC)
CUTRIC is a non-profit innovation consortium with a vision to make Canada a global leader in low-carbon smart mobility. Through industry-led collaborative research and large-scale technology integration trials, CUTRIC is working to achieve this goal by focusing on technology development, integration and standardization of low-carbon propulsion systems and smart vehicle systems, data-driven analytics in mobility, and cybersecurity in transportation.
About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association
The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national association that supports industry, academia, government agencies, financial organizations and other stakeholders focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and products. As the collective voice of Canada’s world-leading hydrogen and fuel cell sector, the CHFCA’s mission is to strengthen Canadian leadership, raise awareness of the benefits of the technology, and accelerate the adoption of its members’ products and services in Canada and abroad. Headquartered in Vancouver, the CHFCA currently has more than 50 members across Canada. You can also follow CHFCA on Twitter at @PoweringNow or visit www.chfca.ca for more information.