360˚ video: Hydrogen Laboratory

The NRC's Hydrogen Laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia, provides a safe environment to perform research and development on fuel cells, electrolysis, and other hydrogen-related technologies.

Our experts work with hydrogen and fuel cell industries to develop materials (membrane, catalyst, gas diffusion layers), qualify component suppliers, develop quality control and diagnostic tools, carry out performance assessments, and help validate the design, performance and durability of fuel cells. We are developing technologies that are at the forefront of hydrogen solutions to help Canada move towards a low-carbon economy.

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360o video: Hydrogen Laboratory - Transcript

[On screen: 360° - Hydrogen laboratory, Vancouver, British Columbia]

Welcome to the National Research Council of Canada's hydrogen laboratory in Vancouver. This is where we partner with industry and the scientific community to perform leading-edge R&D into fuel cells, electrolysis and other hydrogen technologies.

This state-of-the-art research facility is a hydrogen-safe laboratory designed to safely accomplish a wide range of hydrogen-related experiments.

[On screen: Gas chromatograph: Gas sample analysis]

With a proven track record of almost 20 years, the NRC is a leader in hydrogen research from its production to its use in transportation, stationary power and industrial applications.

[On screen: Controlled atmosphere furnace: Van der Pauw resistivity measurements. Solid oxide fuel cell test stations: Cell stack; Catalyst and membrane materials; use of hydrogen, methane and CO (carbon monoxide)]

In this lab, we work with the fuel cell industry to qualify component suppliers. We develop quality control and diagnostic tools. We carry out performance assessments on fuel cell materials and we help to validate the design and performance of fuel cells.

We also explore the latest developments in hydrogen production technologies using our state-of-the-art electrolysis testing equipment.

Our research focusses on solid state electrolysis and its related materials.

[On screen: Fuel cell test station: Cell assemblies testing; Test protocol qualification]

Here, we can test fuel cells up to 800 W in single cell and short stack configurations. Our high temperature equipment can be used to test ceramic-based materials used in fuel cell as well as steam electrolysis technologies.

[On screen: Fuel cell test station: Catalyst testing and screening; membrane materials testing and screening]

Our highly-trained staff has a deep understanding of fuel cell materials, manufacturing, system integration and hydrogen production.

Our expertise covers hydrogen safety, codes and standards, data management and modeling from the atomic scale up to industrial applications.

[On screen: Electrolyser test station: Catalyst testing and screening. Fuel cell test station: Cell performance testing]

At the National Research Council of Canada, we are at the forefront of finding hydrogen solutions that will help Canada move towards a low-carbon economy.

If you would like more information, contact one of our experts today.

[On screen: official signature, National Research Council Canade / Conseil National de recherches Canada]

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