Alberta Releases Hydrogen Roadmap

The Alberta government this morning released its hydrogen roadmap for the province.

In creating the provincial Hydrogen Roadmap, the Government of Alberta considered advice provided by industry, academia, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and non-governmental organizations.

 Stakeholders discussed key requirements needed to enable a hydrogen economy in Alberta, which informed the following seven policy pillars "to achieve our ambition and advance core policy actions," the province said. They are:

  1. Build new market demand. Establishing hydrogen demand is required to build out supply and commercialization pathways.
  2. Enable carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). For Alberta to deploy clean hydrogen into the economy, CCUS infrastructure must be widely available.
  3. De-risk investment. Long-term investment certainty and funding are required as hydrogen is an emerging opportunity with challenging economics.
  4. Activate technology and innovation. Demonstration projects, research, and innovation are needed to prove and scale up emerging clean hydrogen technologies. Training and development with Alberta’s world-class universities and technical schools are important to support a labour force capable of working within the hydrogen economy.
  5. Ensure regulatory efficiency, codes, and standards to drive safety. As the clean hydrogen economy is emerging, a regulatory regime including codes and standards must be inclusive of hydrogen and enshrine a safety-first mindset across the value chain.
  6. Lead the way and build alliances. Public-private partnerships and government-to-government relationships, including with Indigenous partners, are essential to advance the hydrogen economy, send coordinated signals to investors, and build public education and acceptance.
  7. Pursue hydrogen exports. The international community is looking to lock in hydrogen supply agreements now. Alberta must move aggressively to establish market access and close intra-Alberta and hydrogen export gaps in supply chain logistics.

The Hydrogen Roadmap identifies four leading domestic markets for clean hydrogen, which include heating (residential and commercial), power generation and storage, transportation and industrial processes. The roadmap also recognizes hydrogen exports as a significant economic opportunity for Alberta beyond its borders.

Our technology editor Maurice Smith is covering the report’s release and will file a more detailed story. Associate Natural Gas Minister Dale Nally spoke about hydrogen ahead of the roadmap’s release and that story is available here.

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