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New Academic Study Highlights Quebec’s High Potential for Clean Hydrogen Production and Deployment in the Transportation Sector

By January 15, 2020 4   min read  (756 words)

January 15, 2020 |

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  • Hydrogène Québec, a new coalition supporting the reduction of carbon emissions in the transportation industry, is officially launched

MONTREAL- At a time when Quebec has committed to reducing its GHG emissions by 37.5% by 2030, Hydrogène Québec, a newly-formed coalition, has unveiled the first white paper on the solid potential of clean hydrogen in Quebec.

This paper clearly demonstrates that this energy vector has an important role to play in meeting Quebec’s tabled decarbonization goals. The coalition and the report are being launched just prior to the Montreal International Auto Show, where hydrogen will surely be a subject of discussion.

Undertaken by Dr. Jacques Roy, professor of Logistics and Operations Management at HEC Montréal; and Dr. Marie Demers, Research Associate at the Université de Sherbrooke, this report demonstrates that while Quebec is investing in electrification of transportation, the province has substantive assets to position itself strongly in the emerging hydrogen sector, with the use of electricity surpluses as a source of energy to produce green hydrogen. Through this, Quebec would bring complementary technology to electric vehicles to reduce its GHG emissions.

“The paper highlights the importance and potential of hydrogen as a renewable and clean energy carrier. Its conclusions validate that hydrogen is one of the most credible approaches to achieve the reduction goals, and also reflect our members’ market experience and perceived potential,” said Michel Archambault, spokesperson for Hydrogène Quebec and Director of Business Development at Hydrogenics.

“Our coalition members have been actively involved in projects and activities that have been fostering the advancement of technologies needed to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals. Through this coalition, we want to share our experience and expertise with the market to raise awareness among Quebecers. As well, we want to motivate stakeholders to invest in clean hydrogen to develop the infrastructure required to transition the transportation industry away from fossil fuels,” he explained.

Three elements that bolster Quebec’s clean hydrogen production and deployment potential, as explored in the white paper

1.  Leveraging electricity surplus

Quebec is well placed to benefit from the development of the clean hydrogen sector since hydrogen can be produced through the electrolysis of water from hydroelectricity surpluses. This paves the way for the province to benefit from conversion to hydrogen in promising market segments such as captive fleets, like the fleet of 50 hydrogen-powered vehicles bought by the Quebec government last year in Quebec City. The first multi-fuel station, including hydrogen, was also opened in this region last fall.

2.  Hydrogen to support freight transportation

Quebec can also benefit from conversion to hydrogen in rising market segments such as freight transportation, specifically for Class 8 heavy-duty trucks which account for a significant portion of GHG emissions in Quebec; and in various transportation infrastructure projects such as the Quebec City tramway and the high-frequency train in the QuebecWindsor corridor. A hydrogen-powered tramway would eliminate the costs associated with overhead power lines and power supply structures. In addition, deploying a hydrogen train in the QuebecWindsor corridor instead of the planned diesel train would be a zero-emission solution.

3.  Export opportunities

While the study probes the more advanced role of hydrogen in CaliforniaChinaJapan and Germany, it makes a strong case for Quebec’s major potential as a player on the hydrogen production stage and as a global leader in the energy transition. Given that Quebec’s surplus production of clean electricity can be used to produce hydrogen that can be stored for later use, there is a huge potential for export to the northeastern U.S., to which it already exports hydroelectricity; and to Europe, which is lacking in renewable resources.

Impressive advantages

“Given that 44% of Quebec GHG emissions come from transportation, the benefits from an energy transition such as this one are substantial,” said Dr. Roy. “Indeed, the environment and Quebec society as a whole will be the ultimate beneficiaries, notwithstanding the necessary investment and cost involved in such a transition.”

About Hydrogène Québec
Hydrogène Québec (hydrogene.quebec), a coalition of like-minded companies (Air Liquide S.A., Groupe FilgoSonic, Harnois Énergies, HTEC, Hydrogenics, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., Messer Group and Toyota Canada Inc.), is committed to demonstrating leadership by raising awareness among the Quebec population about hydrogen as a fuel solution to kickstart the energy transition today. Hydrogène Québec also works to motivate stakeholders to invest in hydrogen, for the future of mobility and infrastructure, and to understand its economic opportunities.

To consult the white paper, please visit https://hydrogene.quebec/

SOURCE Hydrogène Québec

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