Member Profile - Westport Innovations
Innovative Canadian Technology
Based in Vancouver, Westport Innovations is a leading global supplier of engines that operate on clean-burning gaseous fuels such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, and biomethane made from upgraded biogas from waste sources. Established in 1995 as a technology spin-off from the University of British Columbia, Westport consistently ranks as one of Canada’s leading cleantech companies.
The Westport HD business unit offers its GX natural gas engine system for heavy-duty trucks with reduced emissions while preserving the power, torque, and fuel efficiency of a diesel engine. This 15-litre engine is currently available in 400–475 horsepower ratings through PACCAR companies Kenworth and Peterbilt in North America. A higher horsepower product is also available from Kenworth in Australia. In addition, Westport HD is working with Volvo Powertrain, developing biogas- and natural gas-fuelled engines for Volvo heavy trucks with a goal of future commercial availability.
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Today, Westport has over 275 employees. Corporate facilities include an assembly and distribution centre in Delta, BC, sales offices in key export markets, and nine engine test cells in its head office in Vancouver. Products offered by the Westport group of companies are designed to provide environmental and economic benefits combined with strong operational performance.
Juniper Engines, a wholly-owned subsidiary, is a natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas engine and fuel system provider located in Vancouver. Cummins Westport, a joint venture between Cummins and Westport that is also based in Vancouver, supplies dedicated natural gas engines that are integrated into factory-built trucks and buses. Cummins Westport has sold more than 26,000 engines around the world. Weichai Westport, in which Westport holds a 35% share, develops, manufactures, and sells alternative fuel engines for use in on-road vehicles, marine applications, and power generation.
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