Closer Steps to Refuelling Cars with Renewable Hydrogen 

Québec City’s first hydrogen refuelling station was unveiled recently. It will be equipped with an electrolyzer allowing on-site production of clean hydrogen by electrolysis of water, a process based entirely on electricity.

by Veeno Dewan

Québec City’s first hydrogen refuelling station was unveiled recently by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Pierre Moreau, and the Mayor of Québec City, Régis Labeaume. The station, which will be located at 5101 Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel, in Québec City, will be equipped with an electrolyzer allowing on-site production of clean hydrogen by electrolysis of water, a process based entirely on electricity.

This first “multi-energy” service station, owned by Harnois Groupe pétrolier, will offer motorists electricity, hydrogen and conventional fuels at the same point of sale. The station will be equipped with two electric charging terminals from Hydro-Québec’s The Electric Circuit. It will also feature a hydrogen refuelling station, built by Hydrogenics, a company specializing in the design, manufacturing and installation of clean hydrogen production systems.

The project, associated with an investment of $5.2 million, will benefit from $2.9 million in government financial assistance through Transition énergétique Québec. The construction and operation of this refuelling station, which will produce up to 200 kg of hydrogen per day, is part of Toyota Canada’s test bench, which plans to deliver 50 Mirai vehicles by the end of the year.

Pierre Moreau, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources “Hydrogen must be seen as a subject of interest for the next steps of transportation electrification in an energy transition context. To implement efficient measures tomorrow, we must take an interest in it today. I am therefore glad to see this station project take shape thanks to the vision of the Gouvernement du Québec and the leadership of Transition énergétique Québec.”

Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City  said, “For a long time, Québec City has supported new types of sustainable transportation solutions, particularly electric and hybrid cars, which are quietly reaching their mass adoption phase. By welcoming this first hydrogen refuelling station to our territory, we are taking another major step to favour ecological and sustainable mobility in Québec City.”