Western Australia Joins International Fuel Cell Drive
The government of Western Australia has joined with city authorities from
across Europe and Canada in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) pledging
support for hydrogen fuel cell-powered public transport.
The agreement, made by representatives from London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, British Columbia and Western Australia, will see the formation of an international working group promoting hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
Announcing the signing of the MOU, Western Australia's minister for planning and infrastructure Alannah MacTiernan said that it was an important step towards the commercialisation of hydrogen fuel cell technology in public transport.
"The working group will aim to demonstrate the existence of potential global markets for hydrogen-powered bus technologies to suppliers of hydrogen buses and refuelling infrastructure," Ms MacTiernan said.
"We hope this will encourage these suppliers to commercialise hydrogen buses as soon as possible."
According to the state government, Western Australia has been at the forefront of fuel cell development, having already completed a successful trial of three hydrogen fuel cell buses.
The aim of the international working group is to have hydrogen-fuelled buses operating full time by 2008.
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