– Conference Forum –

“Hydrogen on the Move”

Friday December 8th, 2017



DATE AND TIME:                                    LOCATION:

Fri, 8 December 2017                            Hart House Building, University of Toronto

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST                         7 Hart    \House CircleToronto, ON M5S 3H3



How can hydrogen-based technologies support the de-carbonization of the transpotation sector in Ontario?

On Dec. 8, join us for “Hydrogen on the Move” our full day conference and forum held at Hart House on the University of Toronto campus. This event is the fourth of our Hydrogen Business Council forums on hydrogen technology solutions, and is co-hosted by the U of T Institute for Sustainable Energy. We will bring together a comprehensive slate of speakers to present on the status of hydrogen-based transportation plans, initiatives and projects here in Ontario. Presenters will include hydrogen equipment suppliers and developers, potential end users, project managers, R&D leaders and various ‘clean energy’ stakeholders in this province. Major projects are being planned or are underway – come and get informed, ask questions and share knowledge.

Some of the session topics and key presenters:

  • Opening remarks from MPP Arthur Potts, PA for the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
  • Panel on why Metrolinx is studying the feasibility and economics of the ‘Hydrial’ option for electrification of GO Transit
  • Presenters from Canadian hydrogen technology suppliers – eg: Hydrogenics, Next Hydrogen and Ballard Systems
  • Session topics on hydrogen applications for all ground transportation: rail, buses, heavy duty vehicles and fleets
  • Updates on the development of electrolytic H2 fueling infrastructures utilizing low emission electricity
  • Presentations from R&D leaders who are bringing new and improved H2 technologies to commercialization
  • Discussions on how best to leverage Cap and Trade funding for early stage, demonstration and fully commercial hydrogen projects.

A full day of learning and sharing will include light breakfast, lunch and networking coffee breaks.

Immediately after the close of the conference a reception and social mixer is being planned that will allow for more networking with speakers and other participants. As details are finalized more information regarding location and time will be sent to registrants.

NOTE: a provisional agenda with more details about session themes, named speakers, and affiliations of the presenters will be posted here and also sent out to all participants two weeks prior to the event.


Zero Emission Hydrogen Train

Alstom has today presented its zero-emission train at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair, which takes place in Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. 


Click here to watch video:

Despite numerous electrification projects in several countries, a significant part of Europe’s rail network will remain non-electrified in the long term. In many countries, the number of diesel trains in circulation is still high – more than 4,000 cars in Germany, for instance.

Coradia iLint is a new CO2-emission-free regional train and alternative to diesel power. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, its only emission being steam and condensed water while operating with a low level of noise. Alstom is among the first railway manufacturers in the world to develop a passenger train based on such a technology. To make the deployment of the Coradia iLint as simple as possible for operators, Alstom offers a complete package, consisting of the train and maintenance, as well as also the whole hydrogen infrastructure out of one hand thanks to help from partners.

This launch follows the Letters-of-Intent signed in 2014 with the German Landers of Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, and the Public Transportation Authorities of Hesse for the use of a new generation of emission-free train equipped with fuel cell drive.

Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains. It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years,” declared Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman and CEO.

Alstom’s Coradia range of modular regional trains has a proven service track record spanning more than 16 years. Over 2,400 trains have been sold around the world and demonstrate a high availability rate. Coradia iLint is based on the service-proven diesel train Coradia Lint 54. It will be manufactured in Salzgitter, Alstom’s largest site.

In addition, at the Alstom booth, you can embark on a journey to discover how the company masters all phases of its customers’ railway projects – designing, building, operating & maintaining and renewing – through tangible examples. The company will for instance demonstrate the modularity of its Avelia high speed range through a hands-on configurator. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience a control centre, see how an AGV is repaired, and discover how train renovation works.

Discover Alstom innovations and meet with our staff at InnoTrans: 

  Hall 3.2 Booth 308

Energy Storage Canada


Industry Association to Offer New Platform, Expanded Value to Members


Toronto, September 28, 2016 – Energy Storage Ontario (ESO) today announced it is rebranding to become Energy Storage Canada – a move that reflects the industry association’s expanded advocacy and engagement at the federal level on behalf of members.

The change provides a stronger platform to build the market for energy storage across Canada to achieve multiple benefits: improve the flexibility and resiliency of the power grid for electricity system operators and customers, offer a proven channel for federal and provincial climate change initiatives, and drive economic development and innovation.

“Rebranding as Energy Storage Canada reflects the growing interest and momentum in the energy storage industry across the country,” says Patricia Phillips, Executive Director.  “We need to capitalize on the opportunities in order to realize the economic and environmental value of energy storage on a broader scale for utilities, businesses and residential customers.”

Energy storage adds value at all points in the energy system. It can increase the value of the energy produced by other sources and adds capacity value to the system. It can act as a load and as a generator and provide a range of balancing services both short-term and long-term such as capacity and congestion management and ancillary services. It allows for the deferral of costly transmission and distribution infrastructure investments. And storage can help consumers manage energy in their own homes.

As Energy Storage Canada, the association will continue to focus on expanding the energy storage infrastructure in Ontario, a leading jurisdiction for energy storage in North America.   The association will also leverage the strength of its membership of technology providers, project developers, power generators, local electricity distribution companies, and NGOs to advocate for regulatory changes to open other storage markets in Canada.

The new website address is http://www.energystoragecanada.org

Federal engagement activity will build on achievements made by Energy Storage Ontario since 2013. In Ontario, the association has made energy storage a key focus for policy makers by driving awareness about the value energy storage delivers, working to create a competitive market, promoting economic development, and ensuring regulatory fairness. Among other successes, the association was instrumental in advocating for a 50MW energy storage procurement in the province’s 2013 Long-term Energy Plan.

Energy Storage Canada (ESC) is the voice of leadership in energy storage in Canada and represents the full supply chain of energy storage. ESC focuses on advancing opportunities and building the market for energy storage through advocacy, knowledge-sharing, networking and stakeholder education.

For more information, contact:

Patricia Phillips – 416-575-8539


Interview with Hon Glen R. Murray, MPP (Toronto Centre) at Hydrail Conference 2013

Hydrail Conference Debrief

8th International Hydrail Conference

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Join Us in Toronto, June 11-12, 2013


Get on board the hydrogen train and learn from an impressive lineup of expert speakers about the promise of wireless rail electrification using hydrogen, fuel cells and advanced battery technologies. Click Here to see the speakers list, sponsors and updates as the conference program is finalized.

Converting Diesel Rail Corridors to Electric can be very costly.  But using on-board energy storage via Fuel Cells, Electrolytic Hydrogen, and Advanced Batteries can avoid the major costs of  overhead wire infrastructure. It can also utilize ‘greener’ off-peak electricity thereby reducing CO2 and NOx emissions while improving urban air quality and operational flexibility.

Provisional Program:   Click here to Download

Opening Speaker: The Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure


Come and hear the latest about ‘greening’ public transit from the Minister
and from an impressive list of experts and international participants.

For full bio click here

Why a Hydrail Conference ?

The challenges and opportunities converge here and now!

  • Ontario is planning to electrify key commuter rail corridors in order to reduce GHG emissions, to avoid the cost of diesel fuel, to improve traction performance, to make use of local electricity resources and to improve urban air quality.
  • This transformation might be achieved faster and cheaper if conventional ‘wired’ electrification is replaced by on-board fuel cells, electrolytic hydrogen, ultra capacitors and Li-ion batteries
  • Using stored electricity as hydrogen or in advanced batteries allows the harvesting of inexpensive off-peak electricity with a low or zero emission profile
  • Renewable energy generated when there is  a surplus power capacity (at night) can be re-directed to rail transportation needs during the day
  • Ontario hosts a growing sector of new technology developers, integrators and entrepreneurs that are driving the commercialization and deployment of energy storage, smart grid and green energy transportation technologies
  • Want to know more about energy storage technology? Click here for Background and downloads from a recent conference on this topic.

Our Venue: Ryerson University Campus – Pitman Hall

The conference this year will be held in downtown Toronto on the Ryerson University Campus.  Lodgings and places of interest are all within easy walking distance.   eMap and Directions

The International Living & Learning Centre (ILLC) on the Ryerson Campus used to be an actual hotel, was bought by the university and is normally an upscale residence during the school year – but Ryerson runs this facility as a proper hotel from May to September.  Since it is located in the same complex as the conference venue we recommend this option – and 8IHC attendees get the special conference rate of $85 CND per night (plus tax) which includes full queen bed plus a sofa pull-out, private bath, TV, AC, breakfast and free internet. 

reservation-buttonTIP: Review online availabilities to choose your dates and use the promo code 8ihc to get the low rate.

NOTE: For those who would prefer not to stay in a campus facility, but would rather stay in a  recognized hotel chain (within short walking distance) we have made special arrangements with the Hilton Garden Inn


 Conference attendees will have a discounted rate of $139 CND (plus tax) per night using this custom link:


Program Agenda for June 11/12 Hydrail Conference

Program Agenda:

DAY ONE – June 11th – 8:15 to 8:45 – Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome and introduction

  • Representing Host CUE/Ryerson (Dr. Dan McGillivray)  “Welcome”
  • Robert Stasko (SCI) Conference Themes and intro to Opening Speaker


Morning  Opening Speaker

  • Daryl Wilson, CEO Hydrogenics Inc. “Canada’s Past and Future Lead in Hydrogen”


Panel 1:  Canada, the US and the Birth of Hydrail

(Moderator: Stan Thompson)

  • Dr. Alistair Miller, AECL “Electricity, Hydrogen and Near-Zero Carbon Emissions”
  • Robert Stasko, SCI “The Ontario Advantage – and The Closing Window of Opportunity”
  • Stan Thompson, “Lessons Learned on the Track Toward Hydrail”
  • Q&A




Panel  2:  Overview of R&DD Progress in Hydrogen and Transportation

(Moderator: Balinder Rai, OCE)

  • Dr. Mike Fowler, University of Waterloo “The Energy Hub and Transportation”
  • Dr. Forest Wang, UOIT “The Hydrogen Lab and Rail Transportation Applications”
  • Dr. Joseph Chow, Ryerson Engineering “Sustainable Rail Transportation”
  • Q&A


Panel 3:  Pioneering Projects: Reports from the Early Movers

(Moderator: Stan Thompson)

  • Stan Thompson, “Hydrail: The Word Made Steel – TIG/m and the World’s First Hydrogen Streetcar”
  • Bill Thunberg, Lake Norman Transportation Commission “Realizing Transit: Clearing the Funding Hurdle”
  • Dr. Shen-En Chen, University of North Carolina at Charlotte “UNC Charlotte’s Hydrail Initiatives ”
  • Q&A


LUNCH – BUFFET STYLE – Served in adjacent to conference area


Keynote Speaker

  • Detlef Matthiessen, Member of Parliament, Schleswig-Holstein FRG


Panel 4: Global Forum – Project Reports from the International Community – Hydrogen and Rail
(Moderator: Stan Thompson)

  • Andreas Hoffrichter, U of Birmingham “Demonstration Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Rail System”
  • Dr. Holger Busche, “Schienenfplieger Hydrail Project”, Germany
  • Dr. Dmitry Grigorovich, Scientific Research Centre for Railway Transport, “H2 Power Car”
  • Q&A




Panel 5: Future Electrification of Light Rail Transportation in Ontario

(Moderator: Andy Hoffer, Ontario Power Generation)

  • Karen Pitre, Electrification Project Lead, Metrolinx “The Electrification Plan for GO Transit”
  • Tim Dickson, R&DD Lead, Bombardier Transportation “PRIMOVE – wireless electrification”
  • Q&A


Closing Remarks – Day One

  • Jason Hoyle,  Energy Centre,  Appalachian State University

5:00 – 7:00


DAY TWO – June 12th – 8:30 to 9:00 – Light Breakfast and Networking


Morning Opening Speaker

  • The Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure



Panel 6: City Building and the Impact of New Transportation Technologies on the GTA

(Moderator, Sean Conway – Adjunct Professor – Ryerson)

  • Linda Weichel, VP Partnerships, CivicAction
  • John Brodhead, Executive Director, Evergreen CityWorks
  • Q&A



10:45 -11:15 Special Invited speaker

  • Prof. Weirong Chen, SW Jiaotong University, China “System Integration of China’s First Hydrogen Locomotive”


Panel 7: Electricity Grid Panel – Convergence of Smart Grid, Energy Storage and Transportation

(Moderator: Dr. Dan McGillivray, Director Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy)

  • Jon Dogterom, Cleantech Lead, MaRs Energy Institute “Clean Public Transportation”
  • Ioan Agavriloai, Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) “Operational Outlook”
  • Jason Hoyle, Senior Energy Analyst, Energy Centre, Appalachian State University “Impact of Negative Marginal Cost of Electricity”
  • Ravi Seethapathy, Manager System Innovation and Advanced Grid Development
    HydroOne “Challenges and Opportunities arising from Surplus Base Load”
  • Q&A

12:15 -12:30

Closing Remarks

  • Stan Thompson/Robert Stasko
  • Summary of conference highlights, findings and possible next steps

12:30 -12:40



Afternoon Tour

  • Hydrogenics Inc. fuel cell plant tour  – 220 Admiral Boulevard, Mississauga Ontario





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DES Download Conference Presentations

Keynote Speakers:
Dave Teichroeb, Enbridge Inc. “Innovative Storage and Ontario’s Need to Attract Investment”
Judith Judson, Customized Energy Solutions “The Case for Economic Deployment of Energy Storage Technology”
Panel 1  
“NRCan Initiatives supporting energy storage and recent experience”
Panel 2
“Why Ontario? An overview of R&DD and the capacity for innovation”
                John MacRitchie, Ontario Centres of Excellence
                Ravi Seethapathy, HydroOne
                Dan McGillivray, Ryerson University
Panel 3 
“Moving Forward with Energy Storage – The Developers’ Perspective”
                Rob Harvey, Hydrogenics
                Curtis VanWalleghemCEO Hydrostor
Panel 4 
“Sector Coordination and the economic opportunities for energy storage in Ontario”
                Jon Dogterom, MaRs Discovery District
                Annette Verschuren  CEO NRStor
                Brian Hewson, OEB
                Sonya Konzak, CEATI

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