UBC Launches First-of-its-Kind Hydrogen Energy Center in Vancouver
Key Ideas
  • UBC's SHED project combines hydro, solar, and hydrogen at a single site, creating a renewable energy micro-grid.
  • The project is supported by the Energy Minister and UBC president, positioning British Columbia as a leader in the hydrogen economy.
  • The hydrogen fuel station at UBC is the first in the province to service heavy-duty vehicles, showing progress towards a low-carbon economy.
  • The project received funding from various sources, including government and industry partners, indicating strong support for sustainable energy initiatives.
The University of British Columbia (UBC) has launched the Smart Hydrogen Energy District (SHED) at its Point Grey campus in Vancouver, creating a $23-million hydrogen energy center. SHED integrates hydro, solar, and hydrogen into a unified micro-grid, showcasing renewable energy technologies. Energy Minister Josie Osborne praised the project as a step towards a clean economy, with UBC president Dr. Benoit-Antoine Bacon highlighting its research and educational impact. Dr. Walter Mérida emphasized hydrogen's role in Canada's low-carbon transition. The center, funded by various partners, including the government and industry, also supports heavy-duty vehicle refueling. This initiative aligns with global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and limit climate change through innovative sustainable solutions.

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