British Columbia—based Powertech Labs’ hydrogen fueling station, located onsite at the company’s headquarters, has increased the number of vehicles that it services. The station, the only 70 MPa fast-fill hydrogen fueling station in Canada, currently meets the fueling needs for Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai fuel cell electric vehicles, with a total of 9 vehicles using the station.
Since 1 February 2015, the station has dispensed more than 900 kilograms of hydrogen, and has seen more than 500 vehicle fills. Since July 30, as more cars were brought online, usage has more than doubled. Over the past 10 months, the station has had only three days of downtime.
Powertech’s station is self-serve with PIN access, and is open Monday to Friday. The station provides electrolyzer-produced hydrogen, and is capable of 70 MPa and 35 MPa dispensing.
Since 2001, Powertech has designed and constructed 12 turnkey, compressed hydrogen fueling stations across North America, including one current public retail location and three upcoming public stations in California. Powertech has partnered with a number of companies who were awarded California Energy Commission (CEC) grants by providing the hydrogen fueling station equipment.
The stations are designed to fuel 70 MPa fuel cell vehicles in accordance with industry standards as well as next-generation and custom fueling protocols. Powertech was also the first company in North America to get ETL National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2 certification for its hydrogen station system.
The hydrogen station designs are supported by engineers from Powertech’s high-pressure testing facilities, used to test fuel systems, high-pressure components, and fueling protocols for hydrogen systems. The technical experience gained from testing hydrogen vehicle fuel systems is applied to the design of the hydrogen fueling stations to ensure that Powertech stays on the cutting edge of technology.
For continuous improvement, Powertech has access to feedback from three sources: the Testing group, the Fabrication group, and through the operation of its own station. This feedback is utilized to adjust and modify station designs for improved service and reliability.
The stations are designed, fabricated, and tested at Powertech’s facility. With the exception of the station at the company headquarters in Surrey, BC, Powertech’s Hydrogen Station business is focused on the sale of turnkey systems.
Powertech pioneered the design of turnkey, containerized hydrogen fueling station packages. Other firsts include the world’s first 700 bar fast fill station, first hydrogen station capable of fueling four fuel cell vehicles simultaneously, and first retail-style dispenser.
Powertech Labs Inc. is one of the largest testing and research laboratories in North America. Outside of the utilities industry, Powertech provides routine testing capabilities, product development, research and consulting services to support an array of industrial-type operations, electrical equipment manufacturers and automotive original equipment manufacturers.