The Canadian government has announced an investment just shy of C$10m to boost Alberta’s hydrogen industry with new training opportunities, technologies and well-paid jobs.
Said to be more than C$9.74m, the federal funding will to help boost multiple projects that are being worked on by Edmonton Global, the Alberta Motor Transport Association, the University of Alberta and C-FER Technologies.
Dan Vandal, Minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), said the investment is centred around building Canadian expertise and support a green hydrogen economy and a low-carbon energy ecosystem, while creating good-paying jobs.
Edmonton Global’s efforts will focus on the regional hydrogen supply chain. With C$3,744,000, the economic development agency will use $3m to increase the scale and scope of foreign direct investment initiatives that target hydrogen.
The remaining C$744,000 will be used to create an online database of regional small- and medium-sized businesses with capacity to move into the hydrogen supply chain. It will host workshops and engage with these businesses to support hydrogen-related efforts.
Enzo Barichello, Board Chair of Edmonton Global, said, “We need to move aggressively to take advantage of this opportunity for Canada and are working with our partners to establish the Edmonton Metropolitan Region and Canada as a world leader in clean hydrogen.”
Heavy-duty transportation will also benefit from a portion of the funding. With C$3m, the Alberta Motor Transport Association and the University of Alberta hope to improve access to hydrogen fuel and showcase multiple mobility-related technologies.
With the above, the partnership hopes to encourage the adoption of hydrogen fuel by Alberta’s heavy vehicle sector, ranging from trucks to buses, and including heavy equipment.
The final C$3m left of funding will go to Edmonton’s C-FER Technologies, which will use the funds to upgrade its testing facility for hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Equipment and technologies.
Through work with technology providers and end-users, C-FER will conduct a testing programme for safe, efficient and reliable performance of hydrogen transportation and storage infrastructure.