FuelCell – Mississauga’s MiWay to associate with CUTRIC on hydrogen fuel-cell electrical bus pilot in 2021
MiWay, the town of Mississauga’s public transit system, will associate with the Canadian City Transit Analysis & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) on a hydrogen fuel-cell electrical bus pilot mission in 2021.
The pilot mission will assist the town consider how hydrogen-electric know-how might help advance its dedication to a zero-emission bus fleet in help of the Local weather Change Motion Plan. The Local weather Change Motion Plan outlines 21 actions to be taken over the subsequent 10 years, together with advancing sustainable transportation by low-carbon alternatives.
“A major priority for Mississauga is fulfilling the actions outlined in our Climate Change Action Plan. Participating in this pilot project will advance our understanding of sustainable transportation, helping us make sound decisions for our fleet in the future,” stated Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “At the city, we’re committed to looking for innovative and low-emissions solutions to reach our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Mississauga by 40 percent by 2030.”
The pilot mission will occur in two phases. Within the first part, a feasibility research can be accomplished to know 4 key elements in making use of the know-how: native hydrogen gas provide and storage; car design and implementation logistics; financial and monetary viability; and greenhouse gasoline discount alternatives. This research will use CUTRIC’s RoutΣ.i™ physics-based simulation device to foretell the efficiency, operational prices and financial savings related to hydrogen fuel-cell electrical buses as a part of a phased transition to full electrification at MiWay.
Within the second part, MiWay will work with CUTRIC to safe the required funding for the mission by provincial and federal governments. The funding will enable the partnership to purchase and function 10 hydrogen fuel-cell electrical buses, making use of the data acquired by the primary part.
“Taking part in the pilot program will help us learn how hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus technology will operate in MiWay’s fleet, particularly with the winter weather conditions and how it performs compared to battery-electric technology. This pilot is important and necessary to examine the feasibility of introducing this low-carbon technology into our fleet,” stated Geoff Marinoff, director, Transit. “In addition to the hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus pilot, MiWay is already preparing to enter into service 11 hybrid-electric buses that are convertible to full battery power. MiWay is also conducting a Transit Electrification Study to understand battery-electric bus conversion opportunities. Based on all of these new and innovative technologies, MiWay will learn which technology is more efficient, affordable and will achieve the targets outlined in the Climate Change Action Plan.”
The hydrogen fuel-cell electrical bus pilot is supported by C$45,000 (US$35,180) from the town of Mississauga and greater than C$100,000 (US$78,180) from CUTRIC’s analysis funds. CUTRIC explains this mission would be the most intensive of its form in Canada and can see MiWay turn out to be the primary transit company within the nation to conduct a full-fleet evaluation of fuel-cell electrical bus applied sciences for deployment within the close to future.
“While many transit agencies in Canada are conducting small scale battery-electric bus trials, none of them currently involve hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus technology. This would make Mississauga the only city in Canada to undergo a pilot like this,” stated Geoff Wright, commissioner, Transportation and Works. “Hydrogen fuel-cell electric bus technology offers the same benefits as the battery-electric bus technology; however, they are lighter and quieter, have more fuel capacity and can also deliver the critical operational benefits a transit system needs to serve customers in a practical way, particularly on longer distance routes.”
CUTRIC’s RoutΣ.i™ was developed and maintained by CUTRIC’s specialist crew of geographic data system analysts, mathematicians, physicists, engineers and interdisciplinary mission managers to foretell fuel-cell electrical car and fleet vary primarily based on parameters akin to fueling time, ridership ranges, stopping and beginning as a result of site visitors lights and pedestrian crossings, complete power wants and prices, carbon dioxide reductions and fleet scheduling wants.
“The timing for this study is perfect given the federal government’s focus on electric and zero-emission vehicle deployments to combat climate change and given Ontario’s interest in pursuing a hydrogen strategy this year,” stated CUTRIC President and CEO Josipa Petrunic. “By working with this innovative and forward-thinking municipality and region, we are removing the barriers of uncertainty and high risk associated with the adoption of electrified propulsion technologies. We’ll be able to help get quiet, enviro-friendly zero-emissions buses out on the roads in one of the most vibrant parts of this country and show that Canadians can lead in hydrogen bus innovation for a worldwide marketplace.”