A low-carbon energy transition is underway, spurring dramatic shifts in how the world produces and consumes energy. Advancing a hydrogen energy system will play a large role in this transition for Canada.
Hydrogen offers an emissions free, economically friendly fuel to move heavy freight, including transport trucks, trains, ships and airplanes. It has promise as an energy storage mechanism to support renewable energy from wind and solar. And, it can also be a solution for net-zero heating in our homes and businesses by displacing natural gas.
Canada can make hydrogen more cheaply than almost anywhere else in the world, presenting a remarkable export opportunity. In provinces with low-carbon electricity (from hydropower, nuclear or renewables), electrolysis of water can produce green hydrogen for about the same price as wholesale diesel. In provinces with low-cost natural gas and the geology suitable for carbon capture and storage, blue hydrogen can be made by upgrading carbon-based fuels like natural gas for about half the wholesale price of diesel. In addition, making emissions free hydrogen fuel out of natural gas is a rare scenario where the economic and environmental interests of Western Canada align with the rest of the country, with compelling national unity implications. It leverages existing experience and technologies commonly used in the oil and gas sector presenting an enormous opportunity for Canada to be a global hub for the low-cost production of hydrogen.
But challenges exist. There is no hydrogen fuel economy in Canada because there is no distribution system, and there is no distribution system because there is no sustained demand at scale for hydrogen as a fuel. This is a challenge that The Transition Accelerator can help solve by working with groups to establish hydrogen hubs in key regions across the country with the ability to make low-cost hydrogen, and connecting them to create a pan-Canadian hydrogen economy.
On June 15, the Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB hosted a webinar entitled “Towards Canada’s New Hydrogen Economy: A Base Case for the Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB”
News release: Canada’s first hydrogen HUB launches in the Edmonton Region backed by over $2 million in funding from three levels of government
Picture a future for the Edmonton Region where buses, trains, heavy trucks, home heating and farm machinery all run on zero-emissions hydrogen fuel, an essential component of the new clean energy system
Reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions will require major changes in the large-scale systems we use to meet societal needs, such as the way we produce and distribute energy or move people and goods.
The purpose of this report is to provide a simple tool to help those concerned with policy and
investment decisions to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
This is the third of a three-part series of blogs examining the findings and implications of The Transition Accelerator’s report, “Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key Role for Hydrogen.”
This is the second of a three-part series of blogs examining the findings and implications of a report, “Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key Role for Hydrogen,” by The Transition Accelerator.
This is the first of a three-part series of blogs examining the findings and implications of The Transition Accelerator report, “Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key Role for Hydrogen.”
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, The Transition Accelerator hosted a webinar on how to accelerate a Canadian hydrogen economy with hydrogen nodes.
Report: Building a Transition Pathway To A Vibrant Hydrogen Economy In The Alberta Industrial Heartland
Read the final report from Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Hydrogen Task Force.
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