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Fuel Cell Airport Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Feasibility Study

posted on 7:00 PM, July 6, 2016

Project Leader: Jeff Grant

The significance of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from airports and air travel is growing to meet increasing demand for air services. An important but often neglected component of the carbon footprint associated with air travel is from the myriad of specially designed “off road” ground support equipment (GSE). Ballard Power Systems, BAE Systems and Setton Consulting Group are conducting a technical and commercial feasibility study on bringing fuel cell-battery hybrid drive GSE to market to serve airlines and ground handlers. If shown to be feasible, this product would not only bring new ancillary benefits to GSE such as zero-emission operations, positional tracking and predictive maintenance capabilities, but would also provide a means of introducing fuel cells to an airside environment interfacing directly with aircraft.

Read the final report.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

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Fraser Basin Council
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