Partnerships and Innovation

Office of Partnerships and Innovation
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Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre leads the charge

The Queen’s-RMC Fuel Cell Research Centre (FCRC) located in Kingston at the Innovation Park of Queen’s University has an international reputation for being the place to go for innovative solutions for new fuel cell product development. Researchers at FCRC are working with partners from Germany, Norway, the USA, and Brazil on breakthrough concepts for making fuel cells more reliable and affordable.

FCRC is the lead organization in the Ontario Fuel Cell Research and Innovation Network (OFCRIN) that involves researchers from eight Ontario universities. FCRC in collaboration with University of Ontario Institute of Ontario (UOIT) are working with Enbridge Gas to model and evaluate the recently commissioned 2.2 megawatt combined turbine-fuel cell system demonstration located in the centre of Toronto at a major natural-gas pressure reduction station. This technology has the potential to generate 150 MW of electrical power throughout the Greater Toronto Area by recovering the energy wasted during decompression and reheating at pressure reduction stations. The modelling work at FCRC will determine the amount of GHG reduction that can be realized by this technology and provide critical information for assessing the scalability of the systems for use in smaller municipalities.

OFCRIN researchers are also working on the development of low temperature fuel cells for a large range of power products. Colleagues from Queen’s University, University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario, in partnerships with INCO Specialty Materials, Hydrogenics Corporation and Ballard Power Systems are making breakthroughs in the development and application of new materials to reduce the cost of PEM fuel cells while significantly improving reliability. The development of these new materials are making fuel cells more competitive in products ranging from notebook computer power supplies, to telecom power backup systems, to forklift truck battery replacements, to advance rapid transit vehicles.

These are just a few examples of how the efforts of fuel cell researchers from across Ontario are creating exciting opportunities for fuel cells to lead the way to cleaner more climate friendly energy sources.