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  • Physics takes to the air
  • Bodies in motion
  • Going for green
  • Speed testing
  • Getting into position
  • Tiny but strong
  • Lightweight protection
  • Low-tech timing
  • Faster than the blink of an eye
  • Laser versus infrared
  • Staying in sync
  • Making heat from ice
  • Protecting Whistler’s waterways
  • Video
One of 20 fuel cell buses that will run as part of Whistler’s municipal fleet.

Going for green

Visitors to Whistler during the Olympics will see many examples of green technologies, including the largest ever demonstration of fuel cell electric buses. Twenty fuel cell buses will run as part of Whistler’s municipal fleet, which normally numbers around 30 but will grow to 135 during the Games. A fuel cell creates electricity through the chemical interaction of hydrogen and oxygen. At the end of the process, the only by-products are water and heat, so buses that run on fuel cells emit no greenhouse gases. As a bonus, they’re also more energy efficient than diesel buses. Apart from cleaner air, the only difference passengers will notice is a smoother, quieter ride. To learn more, see: Fuel cells power Olympic transit.

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