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With 2,000 highly skilled workers and producing more than 100 graduate students per year, the Vancouver fuel cell and hydrogen technology cluster is able to provide its 40 lead companies with substantial talent to support the development of a globally competitive industry.
Learn more about Vancouver's Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Cluster (via NRC corporate website).
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Narrator: Public demand for cleaner skies and cleaner energy sources is driving fuel cell and hydrogen technology to the forefront of science achievement.
The National Research Council is at the centre of a technology cluster in Vancouver that combines the expertise of government scientists, industry leaders and university researchers in creating zero-emission energy products.
John Tak (President & CEO, Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association): The NRC plays an important role in that braintrust in that they have direct relations with the universities, and there's a fluid flow of that braintrust between companies and the NRC.
Narrator: The result of this partnership is cutting edge hydrogen and fuel cell technologies - developed, tested and readied for commercial markets.
Ballard Power Systems is at work now, providing one of the world's biggest market applications of fuel cell technology. In partnership with Ida Tech, Ballard is supplying backup power generators for cell phone towers in India.
Chris Guzy (VP Operations & Chief Technology Officer, Ballard Power Systems): What NRC does is quite important for us. They provide things that each individual company couldn't do for themselves and that's the power of the facility itself.
Narrator: Ballard and other cluster partners have contracts to supply clean energy fuel cell systems in Asia, Europe and North America.
British Columbia's hydrogen highway is just the starting point for the fuel cell and hydrogen technology cluster. Its partnership is reaching out to world wide commercial markets, creating jobs at home and providing clean energy alternatives.
For more information on the fuel cell and hydrogen technology cluster, please visit nrc.gc.ca
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