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2020 International Hydrail and Sustainability Conference (IHC) POSTPONED

2020 International Hydrail and Sustainability Conference (IHC) POSTPONED

K’uL Group, Penticton Indian Band and University of British Columbia Okanagan have cancelled the 2020 International Hydrail and Global Sustainability Conference due to the COVID Pandemic, but are pleased to announce that they will be hosting this conference in June 2021.

The IHC conference committee is will update the agenda closer to the time and will provide all details related to guest speakers, presentation topics, workshops, site tours, travel, lodging and accommodations. We are also preparing an IHC sponsorship program that will be launched in November 2020.

Our leading role in the hydrogen economy

The Penticton Band, through its company, K’uL Management Group, is taking a leading role in the evolution of a hydrogen economy, and is co-hosting a webinar on 26th May 2020 on “Power to Gas – enhancing integration of Renewables”. We have aligned ourselves with prominent collaborative partners such as the University of British Columbia at Okanagan, NEL, Alstom, the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Natural Resources Canada, FortisBC, the Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) and the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA).  

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IHC History

Starting as an academic event in May 2005 in Charlotte, NC (US) hydrail – powering trains with hydrogen – an upcoming technology that will replace diesel. Since September 2018, a first line in Northern Germany near Hamburg uses self-powered hydrail regional passenger rail in scheduled daily services.

Passengers and residents love the silence and the emission-free rides. At RAILLIVE 2019 in Birmingham (June 2019) three manufacturers presented their hydrail railcars. This shows hydrail becoming reality! The 14th International Hydrail Conference (IHC) celebrated this with a special workshop in Hamburg on 20th of June 2019 with an excursion to the township of Bremervörde where ALSTOM operates it’s hydrail iLINT Coradia railcars.