Vancouver Airport to Test Fuel Cell-Powered Baggage Tuggers.

British Columbia-based General Hydrogen Corporation recently announced it will participate in a project examining the use of fuel cell power packs in "tuggers" that tow baggage to and from the aircraft at Vancouver International Airport. The Government of Canada's Canadian Transportation Fuel Cell Alliance is providing $867,000 for the project, which will take place in cooperation with Air Canada at its Vancouver Ground Support Equipment Site.

"Airports worldwide are looking for a variety of ways to reduce emissions and improve productivity," said General Hydrogen president and CEO Frank Totter. "Most baggage tuggers have diesel engines and arerequired to go in and out of terminals and service buildings. We believe we will demonstrate that electric tuggers powered with our powerpacks are more efficient."

General Hydrogen noted that its power packs contain Ballard Power Systems' fuel cells, which are capable of running up to three times longer on a single fueling than their battery-powered equivalents. Thecompany said an earlier project at the Air Canada facility used the same power pack to significantly extend the operating time and performance of a battery-powered forklift.

Contact: Nigel Horsley, General Hydrogen, phone 778-998-8827, website

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