Empire Hydrogen bringing pollution-reducing fuel system on Okanagan tour

The company will be running information sessions starting on Nov. 20.

Sven Tjelta, chairman of the board of Empire Hydrogen, stands next to the company’s fuel enhancement system. Tjelta will be visiting the Okanagan in November, starting with a stop in Oliver on Nov. 20. (Submitted Image)

By Brennan Phillips

Western News Staff

Backed by a new provincial government clean air initiative, Empire Hydrogen is coming to the Okanagan to demonstrate their engine-air-pollution-reduction system.

On Oct. 31, the B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure announced a new CleanBC program to provide rebates for businesses to upgrade their vehicle fleets with greenhouse gas reduction equipment.

One producer of such equipment is Empire Hydrogen, based in Victoria. They will be visiting the Okanagan to promote and share information on their system with local businesses and individuals.

“We have been nine years in research and development, now we’re getting commercial production, and now there is this grant that the B.C. government is offering,” said Sven Tjelta, Empire Hydrogen’s chairman of the board.

Empire Hydrogen’s system works with any combustion engine, from trucks to generators, by injecting small amounts of hydrogen to encourage a more complete burn of fuel. In addition to cutting down on the amount of greenhouse gasses and unburned particles in the exhaust, the more efficient burn also helps keep the engine healthier.

“We had a Volkswagen with our system, and it reduced the emissions by 56 per cent,” said Tjelta. “But because of the size of the equipment, and the ease of installation, we specialize in larger vehicles and generators.”

The CleanBC program will offset the costs of the purchase and installation of the equipment, and Tjelta hopes that as people try out the equipment, the more that they will want them.

“That’s certainly the hope. We’re already looking at tentative orders for an African company for 3,000 units, and the United Arab Emirates for 2,800 for their busses. There’s very much interest, and hopefully, we’ll have a successful little company here.”

Tjelta is touring the Okanagan and presenting information about the system, and demonstrating it for those interested in upgrading their vehicles.

The sessions are scheduled to take place in Penticton on Nov. 21 at Theo’s Restaurant on Main Street, and in Oliver on Nov. 20 at Oliver Eats Ltd. on Station Street.

Seating is by reservation, and can be done by emailing maxempirehydrogen@gmail.com. Details about the fuel system will be sent in reply as well.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton RCMP seek suspect in ‘bold’ Martin Street robbery

Officers following numerous leads and hope to have suspect in custody soon

COVID-19 expected to affect Summerland finances

Council will discuss effects of pandemic during April 14 meeting

BREAKING: Inmate at Okanagan Correctional Centre tests positive for COVID-19

This is B.C.’s first community outbreak at a corrections facility

COVID-19: Interior Health orders closure of all fitness centres until May 30

The order is subject to revision, cancellation, or extension

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Tax collectors, auditors to help field ‘historic’ numbers of benefit-seeking callers

‘If you work for CRA, people think we are just there to take money from your pockets.’

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

Family uses social media to help truckers find places to eat during pandemic

Restaurants Serving Drivers in Western Canada seeks to provide a list of places open for drivers

Advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 limiting access to contraceptives, abortion

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit sexual-health services from almost every angle

‘We’re working to help every Canadian’: Minister of Middle Class Prosperity

Minister Mona Fortier explains she is working with all levels of government amid COVID-19

Two planes come into close contact above Kelowna

The incident occurred between a WestJet flight and a private plane back in 2019

Most Read