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Loop Energy and Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M) Announce Project in British Columbia to Convert Diesel Electric Locomotive to Hydrogen Electric
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – September 1, 2021 – Loop Energy (TSX: LPEN), a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cell-based solutions, and Hydrogen In Motion (H2M), a leading provider of solid state hydrogen storage, announce their plans to collaborate on converting a Southern Railway of BC owned and operated diesel electric switcher locomotive to hydrogen electric.
The two British Columbia-based companies will use locally developed technology, including Loop Energy’s 50kw eFlow™ fuel cell system and a low pressure solid state hydrogen storage tank developed by H2M. The project signifies the first instance of Loop supplying its products for use in a rail transport application.
“This is an exciting phase for the hydrogen fuel cell industry as this proves that it is technically and economically feasible to convert diesel-powered switcher locomotives to hydrogen fuel cell-based power systems,” said Grace Quan, CEO of Hydrogen-in-Motion. “The introduction of a hydrogen infrastructure into railyards reduces air contaminants and greenhouse gases and brings clean technologies, job growth and innovation to local communities.”
In conjunction with Loop Energy, H2M will be working with the University of British Columbia Okanagan School of Engineering (UBCO) and Southern Railway of BC (SRY). Under this collaboration, UBCO’s research component will conduct computational modeling of H2M low pressure tanks, comparing the hydrogen electric powertrain performance characteristics and operational functionality with those of the previous diesel electric locomotive. SRY has committed to demonstrating this hydrogen powered switcher locomotive in order to prove out viability and demonstrate GHG and other community impacts.
The introduction of a hydrogen infrastructure into railyards reduces air contaminants and greenhouse gases and brings clean technologies, job growth and innovation to local communities. With the successful demonstration of this retrofit, SRY as an industry leader in sustainable carbon neutral rail operations, will be able to onboard the rest of their fleet as well as transfer this technology to other rail carriers such as CP and CN rail for a nation-wide impact. Other heavy duty operators in truck and equipment can leverage this knowledge as well as possibly share infrastructure in intermodal low pressure hydrogen refueling nodes.
“As a Vancouver-based company, we’re passionate about joining forces with like-minded organizations on practical, sustainable mobility solutions in support of a clean energy future for the Canadian economy,” said George Rubin, Chief Commercial Officer of Loop Energy. “This is a monumental step in making zero-emissions rail transport a reality, through a safe and compact on-board hydrogen storage solution. Combined with Loop Energy’s fuel efficient and power dense 50kw fuel cell module, we’re delivering a stronger, more efficient locomotive model by harnessing the power of hydrogen and battery electric.”
In addition of equipment and manpower provided by consortium members, SRY, H2M, UBCO, and Loop Energy, partial funding has generously been provided by the Government of British Columbia through the BC Advanced Research and Commercialization program as well as the Government of Canada through the MITACS and the Industrial Research Assistance Program at the National Research Council.
About Hydrogen-in-Motion Inc. (H2M)
Hydrogen In Motion Inc (H2M) is a Canadian Corporation with headquarters in Vancouver and laboratories in Surrey, BC. H2M has developed an innovative nanomaterial that absorbs and releases hydrogen at ambient temperature and under low pressure. As hydrogen is a gas at room temperature, it is typically stored in heavy steel or high-pressure vessels, or as a liquid at cryogenic temperatures (-253C). The H2M breakthrough in solid state H2 storage provides a cost-effective means of storing and transporting hydrogen for fuel cell vehicle application and high-density energy storage. www.hydrogeninmotion.com/
About Loop Energy Inc.
Loop Energy is a leading designer and manufacturer of fuel cell systems targeted for the electrification of commercial vehicles, including, light commercial vehicles, transit buses and medium and heavy-duty trucks. Loop’s products feature the Company’s proprietary eFlow™ technology in the fuel cell stack’s bipolar plates. eFlow™ was designed to enable commercial customers to achieve performance maximization and cost minimization. Loop works with OEMs and major vehicle sub-system suppliers to enable the production of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. For more information about how Loop is driving towards a zero-emissions future, visit www.loopenergy.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, which reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events. Forward‐looking information is based on a number of assumptions and is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those that are disclosed in or implied by such forward‐looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the ability of the Company to execute on its strategy and the factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in the final long-form prospectus of the Company dated February 18, 2021. Loop disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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Press Release Hydrogen In Motion Inc., Canada and H2e Power, India to develop a Hydrogen 3-Wheeler for Indian & global markets
Vancouver, CANADA – July 30, 2021— Hydrogen In Motion (H2M) announced a collaboration with H2e Power out of Pune, India for a project to assess, design, install and demonstrate a hydrogen fuel cell 3-Wheeler using H2e PEM Fuel Cell integrated with Hydrogen In Motion’s innovative solid state hydrogen storage technology onboard. This Indo-Canadian collaboration leverages the zero emission and hydrogen strategies released in India and Canada. Hydrogen In Motion is receiving advisory services and up to $600,000 in funding support for this project through the Canadian International Innovation Program (CIIP). CIIP is a funding program offered by Global Affairs Canada and is delivered in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP). Respectively in India, H2e’s contributions towards this collaboration are supported by the Department of Science & Technology (DST) in collaboration with Global Innovation and Technology Alliance (GITA).
About This Project – This project will install a hydrogen fuel cell range extender using H2M low pressure hydrogen storage tanks on an electric powered three-wheeled auto rickshaw. Project goal is to significantly extend operational range and provide auxiliary power for home use when not in service.
Ms. Grace Quan, CEO Hydrogen in Motion said, “India is a natural market for our low pressure high density swappable hydrogen tanks. H2M technology can really be instrumental in hydrogen fuel cell adoption and address India’s energy needs with a zero emission technology. Our partnership with H2e is the beginning of a rollout of a diverse number of products and applications in motive and stationary fields with our combined hydrogen technologies.”.
Talking about the development, Mr. Sidharth R Mayur, Founder & Managing Director, h2e Power Systems said, “India is on the cusp of a big e-Mobility revolution, and we are fast moving form Fossil based mobility to batteries & Hydrogen. We are already producing Green Hydrogen from our Electrolysers & we are now developing a 3-Wheeler concept for inter-city public & goods transport using Green Hydrogen. The innovation in our 3-Wheeler concept is the path breaking technology developed by Hydrogen in Motion Inc. (H2M), Canada, which stores
Hydrogen at a very low pressure, thus reducing the cost of storage and transportation of Hydrogen and will help us bring the cost of the 3-Wheeler at par with Battery Electric Vehicles. We are thankful to GITA for their support to this novel idea, which has promise to amplify the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) concept in India. h2e, once again, is at the forefront of the Hydrogen path way in India.”