Trimac is pleased to announce a collaboration with Canadian cleantech company Innovative Fuel Systems Ltd. (IFS). In conjunction with several other leading trucking fleets, this project is aimed at advancing hydrogen fuel use in heavy-duty engines.

IFS will attempt to use a patent-pending retrofit dual-fuel technology, called the Multi-Fuel Technology Platform (MFTP™), to deliver performance for heavy-duty fleets while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Innovative Fuel Systems Ltd. (IFS) is an Edmonton-based, privately-owned cleantech company that provides innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and generate fuel savings for heavy-duty (HD) trucks.

The goal of the project is to advance hydrogen fuel use in 90% of existing HD engines. The collaboration supports the commercialization of IFS’ dual-fuel system, MFTP™, because it represents the fastest and most economically efficient pathway to hydrogen fuel usage within the industry, it is industry proven, and it offers in-cylinder mixing, providing unmatched performance and GHG reductions.

The founding members—Certarus, KAG Canada, Superior Propane, Trimac Transportation Services Inc., 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 recognize the importance of advancing the use of hydrogen as a GHG-reducing fuel.

“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,” said Leland Oberst, President and Chief Executive Officer of IFS. “This collaboration focuses on delivering performance for heavy-duty fleet owners and reducing GHG emissions.”

“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,” says Chris Chapman, Vice President, Fleet Services, KAG Canada. “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.”

Collaborative partners

Certarus is the North American leader in providing on-road, low-carbon energy solutions through a fully integrated CNG, RNG, and hydrogen platform. Certarus safely delivers clean-burning fuels to energy, utility, agricultural, and industrial customers not connected to a pipeline. By replacing more carbon-intensive fuels, Certarus is leading the energy transition and helping customers lower operating costs and improve environmental performance. With the largest fleet of mobile gas storage units in North America, Certarus is uniquely positioned to meet the growing demand for low- and zero-emission energy distribution.

KAG Canada is the Canadian service group for The Kenan Advantage Group Inc. (KAG). KAG is North America’s largest tank truck transporter and logistics provider. The Canadian company encompasses Westcan Bulk Transport, RTL Construction, Les Distributions Carl Beaulac, Paul’s Hauling, and Kentrax Transport. The hauling companies under KAG Canada have nearly 60 years of combined experience and serve over 600 customers in the agriculture and energy sectors and the petroleum and mining industries.

Superior Propane is Canada’s leading propane distributor, and has been a trusted propane supplier for over 70 years. Through Canada’s largest propane distribution network, Superior is able to serve homes and businesses virtually anywhere in the country, and offers industry-leading digital solutions that make managing propane use easier and more convenient for customers. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Superior employs more than 1,500 people and delivers over 1.5 billion litres of propane annually through a distribution network of approximately 200 locations strategically located to serve customers from coast to coast in Canada.

Trimac Transportation began 77 years ago as a small, Saskatchewan-based family trucking company and is now one of the largest transportation service companies in  North America. With over 140 branches and a wide range of experiences and services, we are uniquely qualified to provide high-quality bulk shipping solutions. Trimac was built on the foundation of service with safety, and we are proud to provide an essential service while ensuring our supply chain remains intact.