The tie up will advance hydrogen fuel use in 90% of existing HD engines using IFS’ patent-pending retrofit dual-fuel technology, Multi-Fuel Technology Platform (MFTP™).
The founding members – Certarus, KAG Canada (the Canadian service group for The Kenan Advantage Group), Superior Propane, Trimac Transportation Services, and a large, Alberta-based fleet operating throughout North America – represent some of the largest HD fleets in Canada.
These companies understand the need to reduce GHG emissions within the HD transport industry and recognise the importance of advancing the use of hydrogen as a GHG-reducing fuel.
They support the commercialisation of MFTP™ because it represents the fastest and most economically efficient pathway to hydrogen fuel usage, it is industry proven, and offers in-cylinder mixing, providing unmatched performance and GHG reductions.
Leland Oberst, President and Chief Executive Officer of IFS, said, “Our MFTP™ technology is already commercially available for cleaner-burning natural gas. We will leverage that knowledge to have a hydrogen dual-fuel option commercially available in late 2023, enabling owners to quickly adapt for the use of hydrogen fuel in their existing fleet.
Chris Chapman, Vice President, Fleet Services, KAG Canada, said, “For more than a year, we have successfully replaced an impactful portion of diesel fuel with cleaner-burning natural gas using IFS’ MFTP™ retrofit technology on our existing HD trucks.”
“This has proven to be a great, economically viable, long-term solution to reducing emissions while continuing to use our existing fleet infrastructure and maintaining HD engine performance in demanding operations and conditions.
“We support the commercialisation of MFTP™ hydrogen fuel technology because it can be commercially available in the near term and can help create demand for pending hydrogen fuel station infrastructure in order to meet net zero targets.”
IFS believes its multi-fuel technology enables heavy-duty truck engines to displace up to 55% of diesel fuel with natural gas or other cleaner burning fuels.
Last year, it successfully filed a PCT International Application with the United States Patent Office to seek full global patent protection for MFTP™, and is targeting its worldwide commercialisation in the road transportation sector.