On Monday, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Hydrogen Task Force released a study that says the area northeast of Edmonton would be an ideal spot to develop Alberta’s hydrogen industry.
The study was put together with the help of the the energy emissions research group Transition Accelerator.
Dan Wicklum, the CEO of Transition Accelerator, said ““We basically have all the technologies that we need, We can produce, distribute and use hydrogen right now. What we need to do is bring them together in the right combination so we can realize the potential”
Wicklum also said that the method that Albertans should be eyeing is creating “blue hydrogen” — a low emissions hydrogen that’s created by taking a fossil fuel like natural gas and putting it through a “reforming process.” he continued, “The potential for hydrogen is for us to be able to keep producing and developing our fossil fuel resources via hydrogen and have those fossil fuel resources, that energy, be used in a way that’s completely compatible in the low-carbon world,”
The area that the study is looking at is in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland and is 533 square kilometers of industrial-zoned land within the City of Fort Saskatchewan and the counties of Lamont, Strathcona and Sturgeon.
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing center. Our unique region offers world-class facilities that can produce global-scale quantities, and are responsible for 43% of our national basic chemical manufacturing industry. Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is ideally located in the province of Alberta, offering attractive and extensive opportunities in multiple sectors.
The Transition Accelerator is a pan-Canadian, non-profit organization that works with groups across the country to solve business and social challenges while building major emissions reductions into solutions. The Accelerator philosophy starts with understanding that we live in a time of disruptive change which is shaping the future. The Accelerator harnesses disruptions, shaping the future by helping to develop credible and compelling transition pathways and actively taking steps down these pathways to achieve futures that include the need to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
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