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Sept. 2, 2022
Canada-based bulk carriers partner with Innovative Fuel Systems, other truck fleets to use IFS’s dual-fuel technology in existing diesel engines

KAG Canada, the Canadian division of Kenan Advantage Group, and Trimac Transportation are among the companies collaborating with Canada-based Innovative Fuel Systems (IFS) to advance the use of hydrogen fuel in heavy-duty trucks.

The partnership, which includes Certarus and Superior Propane, seeks to “support and advance” hydrogen’s use in 90% of existing HD engines using IFS’s patent-pending, dual-fuel technology, called the Multi-Fuel Technology Platform (MFTP), which can be retrofitted to any diesel engine, helping fleets save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, IFS said.

“Our MFTP technology is already commercially available for cleaner-burning natural gas,” said Leland Oberst, president and CEO of IFS. “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.

“This collaboration focuses on delivering performance for heavy-duty fleet owners and reducing GHG emissions.”

KAG Canada, Trimac, and the other collaborating partners understand the need to reduce GHG emissions within the HD transport industry and recognize the importance of advancing the use of hydrogen as a GHG-reducing fuel, IFS said. They support the commercialization of IFS’s dual-fuel system because it represents a fast and economically efficient pathway to hydrogen fuel usage within the industry, it’s industry proven, and offers in-cylinder mixing.

“For more than a year, we have successfully replaced an impactful portion of diesel fuel with cleaner-burning natural gas using IFS’s MFTP retrofit technology on our existing HD trucks,” said Chris Chapman, vice president of fleet services at KAG Canada. “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 commercialization 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.”

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