Richmond, British Columbia — Two companies based in Richmond, B.C. are helping the province transition to a clean-energy future by accelerating the use of hydrogen and zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technology, while simultaneously creating clean-tech jobs.
“B.C. is home to many innovative clean-tech companies that are helping us grow as a leader in the hydrogen economy and ZEV industry,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, while on a recent tour of IRDI and Foreseeson Technology Inc. “We’re seeing B.C. companies engaged in businesses that show how hydrogen will help us meet our CleanBC goals and create new high-paying clean-tech jobs throughout the province as well.”
Based in Richmond, IRDI System Inc. is a hydrogen-fuelling technology developer that builds hydrogen-fuelling components for passenger and heavy-duty vehicles, and exports products internationally. IRDI is receiving $72,940 through the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization Program for its infrared transmitter, used for acquiring data in refuelling hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicles, as well as a handheld diagnostic receiver to test the functionality of infrared communication systems in hydrogen-fuelling stations.
“IRDI has grown from a small B.C.-based startup to a global leader in infrared communication technology for hydrogen fuelling,” said Edward Li, general manager, IRDI. “This grant will ensure we continue innovating during this exciting time and help us to maintain our head start in burgeoning hydrogen markets such as Europe, Korea, North America and Japan.”
Located next door to IRDI, Foreseeson Technology Inc. employs more than 90 people. It has been IRDI’s prime manufacturer since 2010, sourcing parts, performing assembly, integration and testing for its infrared communications systems for the hydrogen fuel-cell industry. Foreseeson offers technology solutions in the field of green technology and provides a variety of services, including electronic manufacturing, electric-vehicle charging equipment and software platforms.
“With the B.C. Hydrogen Strategy being put into action toward the advancement of hydrogen technology, creating jobs and making B.C. a leader in the hydrogen economy, it is important to have a reliable manufacturing capability to build such high-end products locally,” said S.U. Moon, president, Foreseeson Technology Inc. “Foreseeson Technology Inc. is pleased and honoured to be IRDI’s partner in manufacturing it’s innovative products in B.C.”