September 21, 2023

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Canada focuses on green hydrogen

Green hydrogen is converted into low emissions energy
Green hydrogen is converted into low emissions energy

Green hydrogen in the rocky mountains and lakes of Alberta. The province of Canada, one of the richest and most characteristic of North America, is becoming the primary source of new renewable energy consumption and exports. The local government has a multi-billion dollar plan to enter the global market of 90 million tons of hydrogen produced today and reach 700 million by 2050.

Visitors to Alberta are advised to bring hiking shoes, well-fitting jackets and sophisticated backpacks. But the Canadian province is not just about cold and natural landscapes. The two major cities, Calgary and Edmonton, operate one of the world’s highest per capita GDP economies. In terms of energy, Alberta is considered the world’s second largest natural gas exporter. It is also one of the largest international hydrogen producers.

Switching from producing blue hydrogen from fossil fuels to green hydrogen derived from wind and solar energy is now a challenge. “It’s a kind of third life for hydrogen, but this time it’s different,” explained David Lessel, architect of the transition accelerator’s energy system in Alberta, urging Canadian governments to create a low-carbon economy.

According to Layzell, the difference is that the world’s largest economies are poised to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050, the deadline for achieving climate neutrality. As a result, demand for fossil fuels is expected to decline over the next few years in favor of renewable sources.

Last November, the government of Prime Minister Jason Kenny, who will lead Alberta from 2019, released a roadmap forecasting 800% growth in global hydrogen consumption between now and 2050, according to the Financial Post. The Canadian province wants to be ready. If possible, he will try to speed up the time. Starting in the field of transportation.

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David Sangunetti, vice president of Forsyth Canada, said hydrogen is needed for trucks, buses, planes and ships transporting goods from Canada to Europe, a clean-tech accelerator that supports companies in the industry.

In terms of exports, Alberta would have to start mixing hydrogen with natural gas to export as ammonia to Japan, Korea and Germany.

Last December, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s executive announced a federal strategy on hydrogen: the government’s demand that hydrogen provide 30% of the country’s energy as part of the path to zero net emissions by 2050, pioneers of the new energy course with Alberta.

Also moving is the province of Western Canada. Calcare-based Canadian company Suncor Energy has announced plans to build a hydrogen production facility. The same path was followed by the Alberta Natural Gas Company, which began planning to capitalize on the demand for a new green energy source.