Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems In Canada: A Key Role For Hydrogen

Volume 2, Issue 3
September 2020
By David Layzell, Jonathan Leary, Jessica Lof, Song Sit, Cameron Young

This white paper was prepared by The Transition Accelerator to provide techno-economic and environmental details, as well as a pan-Canadian perspective for the work of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Hydrogen Task Force in assessing the ability of the Alberta Industrial Heartland region to contribute to the transition to a net-zero energy future. The Task Force report (to be released in Fall 2020) and this study are provided to inform decision makers in industry and government regarding the nature of a future, net-zero energy system and the important role for hydrogen in the energy transition.

About the Authors

David Layzell, PhD

Transition Pathway Principal

David B. Layzell is an Energy Systems Architect with the Transition Accelerator, a Faculty Professor at the University of Calgary, and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research CESAR Initiative. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), a cross-faculty, graduate research, and training institute at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Calgary, he was a Professor of Biology at Queen’s University cross appointments in Environmental Studies and the School of Public Policy), and Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change. While at Queen’s he cofounded a scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC) for his research contributions.


Cite as: Layzell DB, Young C, Lof J, Leary J and Sit S. 2020. Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key Role for Hydrogen. Transition Accelerator Reports: Vol 2, Issue 3.