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Transport Canada Awards Contract to CNL for Hydrogen Energy Research

By October 27, 2020 4   min read  (698 words)

October 27, 2020 |

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CHALK RIVER, Ontario — Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract with Transport Canada for the development of a tool to assess clean technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the discharge of other pollutants from ships.

Using what is known as CNL’s Marine-Zero FuelTM (MaZeFTM) Assessment Tool, the objective is to help Canada assess and pursue the use of hydrogen and other clean energy technologies to transition away from traditional forms of fuel that are contributing to marine pollution and climate change.

This three-year project is funded by the Transport Canada Innovation Center. Once completed, the assessment tool will be used for Canada’s maritime operations, nationally and globally, as the Government of Canada works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the Maritime Organization. international and its international partners.

“CNL is excited to work closely with Transport Canada to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address ongoing environmental issues in the marine sector,” said Joe McBrearty, President and CEO of CNL. “As a leader in nuclear science and technology, and research into hydrogen production, storage and safety, CNL has a deep understanding of clean energy technologies and their applications. . We look forward to applying this expertise to the marine industry and helping Canada continue to protect the environment and fight climate change. ”

“The Government of Canada is committed to protecting our waters by investing in innovative and clean technologies that reduce the impact of marine transportation on the marine environment,” added the Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport. “Through Transport Canada’s Clean Marine Funding Program, we support projects that help reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the marine sector. Our partnership with Canadian companies like Canadian Nuclear Laboratories will not only advance these green technologies, but also protect Canada’s marine environment for generations to come. ”

The project will focus on the development of the MaZeF  assessment tool to analyze the energy ecosystem within the marine industry and identify opportunities for Canadian operators to transition to energy technologies. clean. CNL scientists will also examine different technologies that can be used for the production, storage and handling of hydrogen for ships. Overall, these activities will provide a better understanding of the various propulsion methods available in the marine industry, including fuel cell engines and ammonia combustion technologies in existing engines.

Research will also focus on expanding the MaZeF  assessment tool to include feasibility and business considerations, safety regulations, and life cycle analysis. This will analyze the use of hydrogen technologies for port side operations, such as forklifts, cranes and transport vehicles.

“Around the world and in Canada, governments and industries are striving to adopt policies and make investment decisions to help reduce carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate change,” Mr. Jeff Griffin, Vice President, Science and Technology at CNL. Hydrogen has the potential to play a major role. CNL has extensive expertise, technologies, and facilities that can help advance these discussions, including a state-of-the-art hydrogen research lab with a budget of $ 55 million. All of this places CNL in an excellent position to lead this work in conjunction with Transport Canada. ”

About CNL

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is a world leader in nuclear science and technology. They offer unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. By actively participating in industry-led research and development in the nuclear, transportation, cleantech, energy, defense, security and life sciences sectors, they provide solutions that maintain the competitiveness of these sectors on the international scene.

With continued investments in new facilities and a clear mandate, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is well positioned for the future. A new standard of performance supported by a strong safety culture is at the heart of everything we do.

About Transport Canada

Transport Canada develops policies and programs and ensures that transportation is safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible. Transport Canada’s Innovation Center supports research, development and demonstration activities aimed at encouraging Canadian companies to develop zero-emission technologies for the marine sector. The Initiative is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to protect the marine environment and support the recovery of vulnerable marine mammals.

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