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New Renewable Energy Hub Breaks Ground at UBC

May 12, 2021

The $23 million hydrogen generation and refueling station project has received $5.6 million funding from Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation

The University of British Columbia has unveiled a new renewable energy hub, which includes the province’s first-ever hydrogen station for light and heavy-duty vehicles. A series of solar panels, referred to as a solar array, will also generate 100 percent renewable hydrogen, with no carbon emissions, by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.

DIALOG’s multidisciplinary team of architects, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineers, and landscape architects are working together on the Hydrogen Generation and Refueling Station, marking another step forward in our push to design a sustainable future.

“In the face of a growing climate crisis, we are mobilizing even more of our institutional education, research and innovation capacity to pursue climate solutions.” said Prof. Santa J. Ono, UBC president and vice-chancellor.

The electric vehicle charging stations are installed and will be operational by the end of summer 2021. The hydrogen refueling centre is scheduled to open in March 2022, with the commissioning of the solar array to follow.

Read UBC’s full announcement here.