Powertech awarded Shell contract for high capacity hydrogen fuelling station



    VANCOUVER, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Powertech, BC Hydro's subsidiary specializing
in clean energy solutions, announced today that it was selected by Shell
Hydrogen, LLC to provide a new hydrogen-fuelling station at its gasoline
retail station in Newport Beach, California.
    The station will soon provide California drivers of hydrogen fuel cell
vehicles with more flexibility as it expands the network of available hydrogen
fuelling stations. It will be the first high pressure (700 bar) public-use
hydrogen fuelling system in California, and the first station in the world
capable of fuelling four hydrogen fuel cell vehicles simultaneously.
    "Powertech's leadership in hydrogen station design is based on our
distinct competitive advantage: technical expertise combined with state of the
art hydrogen fuelling technology" said Eamonn Percy, President and Chief
Operating Officer, Powertech. "This is a tremendous opportunity to partner
with Shell to further advance both hydrogen fuelling technology and
infrastructure."
    "We are delighted to collaborate with an industry leader in clean
transportation such as Powertech on this project," said Duncan Macleod, Shell
Vice President of Hydrogen. "This is an important step as we continue to build
hydrogen fueling infrastructure, in line with the automakers' plans to develop
hydrogen vehicles."
    Powertech has played a key role in the development of hydrogen delivery
infrastructure in North America. The company designed and built the world's
first 700 bar fast fill hydrogen fuelling station in 2002, currently situated
at Powertech's facility in British Columbia.
    Shell was one of four organizations to receive a $1.7 million US grant
from the California Air Resources Board for the development of four new
fuelling stations. The new stations will double the amount of hydrogen
available to the public in California.
    For more information visit http://powertechlabs.com or
http://bchydro.com/news/press_centre.html

    About Powertech

    Powertech, BC Hydro's subsidiary that specializes in clean energy
consulting, testing, and power solutions, has been serving electrical, oil and
gas companies, automotive and electrical equipment manufacturers since 1989 by
meeting the complex and changing needs of our customers around the world.

    About BC Hydro

    A crown corporation, BC Hydro reports to the B.C. Ministry of Energy,
Mines and Petroleum Resources. It is the third largest electric utility in
Canada and serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British
Columbia's population.





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