Category Archives: Uncategorized

– 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.


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

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

Taking Plug’nDrive Ontario to the Next Level

Plug’nDrive Ontario aims to make Electric Vehicles (EVs) a reality for everyone in Ontario through partnerships with government, electricity companies, car and infrastructure manufacturers, researchers, NGOs and other commercial partners. Plug’nDrive is dedicated to creating public awareness and promoting the environmental and economic benefits that EVs can bring to Ontario.
Plug’nDrive Ontario will be the leader in facilitating the transition to electrified automotive transportation in Ontario and will be the ‘go-to’ place for information about electric vehicles and infrastructure in Ontario.
Mission and Priority Focus Areas
Plug’nDrive Ontario is a not-for-profit coalition of electricity companies, auto makers, researchers, government agencies, NGOs and commercial partners engaging in activities that will accelerate the adoption of EVs and maximize the environmental and economic benefits that EVs can bring to Ontario. This mission can and will be achieved by adopting the following three priorities:
1. Education and Awareness
Engage in educational and awareness activities that will clearly communicate the environmental and economic benefits of EVs such that consumers and businesses will begin to make the switch.
2. Research
Engage in research that fills gaps identified in the white paper or as identified by industry as necessary to advance EV deployment.
3. Infrastructure
Promote the development of EV infrastructure, particularly night time/home charging solutions as well as critical public infrastructure.
Executive Team:
Cara Clairman, President and CEO
Robert Stasko, VP Business Development
Josh Tzventarny, Director Operations and Planning
Board of Directors
1. David Collie – CEO, Electrical Safety Authority
2. Dennis Edell – CEO, Rain 43
3. Len Griffiths – Partner, Bennett Jones Law Firm
4. Jim Keech – CEO, Kingston Utilities and Chair of EDA
5. Don MacKinnon – President, Power Workers Union
6. Tom, Mitchell – CEO, Ontario Power Generation
7. Gerry Smallegange – CEO, Burlington Hydro
8. Lawrence Zimmering

Promoting Wireless Electrification of Rail – The Hydrogen Train

How Innovative Hydrogen-Battery Hybrid Technologies can Transform Rail-Based Rapid Transit Systems in Ontario and in North America

A Transition to Hydrogen

Canada and the rest of the world need to reduce the collective dependency on carbon based fuels sourced from petroleum resources. It is unlikely that there is one “silver bullet” solution to the problems that originate from burning fossil fuels, but utilizing hydrogen as an energy carrier could feature prominently in our energy future. Carbon-free hydrogen will enable:
• Global energy security. Hydrogen allows us to eventually replace petroleum fuels with hydrogen produced from indigenous renewable and carbon free energy resources.
• Reductions in our output of greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating carbon from the fuel cycle.
• Reductions in urban air pollution. In Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor approximately 1500 deaths are attributed to the health effects caused by poor air quality. The economic impact associated with each of these deaths is estimated to be in the order of $2.5 million.

Background on Hydrogen as applied to Commuter Rail:
There is a general agreement among proponents of a hydrogen economy that rail projects are an ideal early application for hydrogen as a transportation fuel. There are many reasons for this. Some of them are:
• Unlike applications in car or bus design, space and weight are not a significant issue. A locomotive typically weighs more than 148 tonnes and has equipment spaces large enough for ample hydrogen storage and electromotive drive components.
• The optimal electromotive platform would make use of existing electric train technologies that are already pervasive in other jurisdictions such as Europe and Japan. These existing platforms can easily be re-configured into ‘hybrid’ systems that make use of advanced industrial scale storage batteries.