Loop Energy (formerly PowerDisc Development) has won a $7.5-million grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to accelerate deployment of the company’s zero-emission powertrain for heavy-duty trucks.
The Loop powertrain combines an electric battery with a hydrogen fuel cell designed around its patented eFlow technology. eFlow addresses unequal current distribution in the fuel cell by improving the flow of oxygen, fuel and water and avoiding degradation of the membrane and stack materials. According to the company, this increases durability, enables higher peak power, and reduces costs.
Loop’s powertrain is optimized for urban freight applications, such as yard trucks, delivery trucks and drayage trucks operating at port facilities. The SDTC grant will accelerate the deployment of the Loop system in Class 8 Peterbilt trucks that will be put to work at a customer location.
“SDTC is a leader in vetting and supporting green technologies,” said Ben Nyland, President of Loop Energy. “This award reflects their conviction that Loop’s zero-emission powertrain is a commercially competitive solution for heavy-duty trucks, and that’s a huge validation for us.”
“Our mission is to help Canadian clean-tech entrepreneurs move their technologies to commercialization by bridging the funding gap between research and market entry,” said SDTC CEO Leah Lawrence.