Air Products Plans Alberta Hydrogen Truck Refueling Network

First Refueling Station in Edmonton to Be Operational by 2025
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Air Products plans to build a network of hydrogen refueling stations between Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta for trucks, the industrial gas giant said.

The stations will be built along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway that runs through Calgary and Edmonton and is intended to provide a fueling experience equal to that for gasoline or diesel, it said April 23. The sites will offer refueling for both trucks and passenger vehicles.

A number of players in the nascent hydrogen truck ecosystem are promising fuel stops that are just as quick as existing diesel fill-ups for carriers’ big rigs.

Air Products did not say how many stations will be built or when the network would be operational. Company representatives were not immediately available for comment.

However, Air Products’ first permanent hydrogen refueling station in Alberta, at a site in Edmonton, is scheduled to be online in 2025. Currently, Air Products has a mobile refueler at the site supplying customers, it added.

“Each of our state-of-the-art, high-capacity, high-reliability stations will be able to fuel up to 200 heavy-duty trucks or 2,000 cars per day,” said Rachel Smith, Air Products Canada vice president and general manager.

“In Canada, hydrogen is essential to decarbonizing transportation, where heavy-duty vehicles travel long distances in extreme temperatures. We are excited to be activating Canada’s first hydrogen corridor here in Alberta,” said Smith.

Air Products ranks No. 3 on the Transport Topics list of top industrial gases carriers

The first refueling station received C$1 million ($732,279) in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

“The development and deployment of hydrogen presents an enormous economic and environmental opportunity for Canadians,” Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Canada Jonathan Wilkinson said April 23.

“The federal government is prepared to seize this opportunity, and today’s announcement by Air Products shows that Canadian companies and innovators are also continuing to lead the way on hydrogen,” he added.

Air Products’ proposed network is expected to be one of a number of hydrogen trucking developments in Alberta, particularly between the province’s two largest economic hubs, including the Alberta Motor Transport Association carrying out a two-year commercial vehicle demonstration project using Nikola’s Tre semi and tractors from Hyzon.

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