Applied Research for 21st Century Transportation

Applied research projects at the BCIT School of Transportation are carried out to provide support for our educational objectives.

Here is a sample of projects we are working on, or have completed.

Testing Hydrogen Fuel Enhancement System at the Motive Power Centre of Excellence

Empire Hydrogen test
Empire Hydrogen test

Empire Hydrogen of Sydney, BC approached BCIT to test an oxy-Hydrogen Fuel Enhancement System (HFES) that would increase engine performance and reduce fuel costs. Because this technology substantially reduces emissions, it reduces the environmental impact from the internal combustion engines. BCIT was very excited to assist.

The test took place at the Motive Power Centre of Excellence on Annacis Island in Delta, BC. The first test was run on a 2003 class 8 truck using BCIT’s electric eddy current chassis dynamometer road simulator. The second test was run on a 2001 Cummins ISX engine using BCIT’s sound attenuated engine dynamometer room.

The truck was initially run without any hydrogen to establish a baseline. Then various amount of hydrogen was introduced to the engine. Extensive data on the effect of the hydrogen on horse power, torque and emissions was generated with the dynamometer software for analysis. For further information, check out the test results from Empire Hydrogen Energy Systems Inc.

Check out how we may help you with product testing and research at the Motive Power Centre of Excellence on the Annacis Island.


National Research Council Fuel Cell Demonstration Project at the Aerospace Technology Campus

fuel cell demonstration project

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has partnered with Boeing Commercial Airplanes to address the safe utilization of hydrogen in a custom-designed fuel cell system, which could provide reliable auxiliary power as a targeted concept for future commercial aircraft.

The NRC oversees this research being carried onboard a grounded Boeing 737 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Aerospace Technology Campus.

To proof the concept, we brewed coffee in the gallery circuit of a grounded Boeing 737 at the Aerospace Technology Campus. Check out the images


Bio Diesel - FP Feric Innovations

Bio diesel fuel is now a financially viable fuel source. Like many other overlooked fuel sources, advancing technology and rising fuel costs have led us to these new sources. Whether derived from seed stock, waste product, or new sources, the question is how would bio diesel fuel match up with petroleum-based diesel fuel when in the engine?