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THE EDMONTON METROPOLITAN REGION HYDROGEN ECONOMY

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is the launch point for the emerging North American hydrogen economy. The region will be a global epicentre, attracting investment in production, innovation, hydrogen utilization technologies, and research because of its unique ability to produce low-cost, zero-emissions hydrogen at a global scale. 

Why choose the Edmonton region?

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The Edmonton region's unique geology enables Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) that allows the production of low-carbon hydrogen at a global scale. 
The region includes 3 of the world’s 5 hydrogen CCUS plants, with another on the way.  We have a vast network of pipeline infrastructure including the world’s largest CO₂ pipeline and dedicated H2 pipelines. 
Our unique geology enables carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) that allows the production of low-carbon hydrogen at a global scale. 
The region includes 3 of the world’s 5 hydrogen CCUS plants, with another on the way.  We have a vast network of pipeline infrastructure including the world’s largest CO₂ pipeline and dedicated H2 pipelines. We have a vast network of pipeline infrastructure including the world’s largest CO₂ pipeline and dedicated H2 pipelines. 

Access to low cost feed

Alberta companies have access to abundant and low-cost natural gas reserves, creating a cost advantage for hydrogen production.  Low-carbon hydrogen produced in the region with CCUS technologies is 50% lower-cost than technologies producing hydrogen from renewable energy sources. Alberta is also rich in renewables including solar energy, geothermal, biomass, hydro and wind. 
Alberta companies have access to abundant and low-cost natural gas reserves, creating a cost advantage for hydrogen production.  Low-carbon hydrogen produced in the region with CCUS technologies is 50% lower-cost than technologies producing hydrogen from renewable energy sources.   Alberta is also rich in renewables including solar energy, geothermal, biomass, hydro and wind. 

Opportunity to scale

The region already produces more hydrogen than anywhere else in Canada – and by a large margin. More than an estimated $5 billion in new hydrogen projects have been announced in Q2 and Q3 of 2021 alone. Both the governments of Canada and Alberta are making significant investments in hydrogen and CCUS to attract investment and spark growth. 
The region already produces more hydrogen than anywhere else in Canada – and by a large margin. More than an estimated $5 billion in new hydrogen projects have been announced in Q2 and Q3 of 2021 alone. Both the governments of Canada and Alberta are making significant investments in hydrogen and CCUS to attract investment and spark growth. 

Talent

The region includes a highly-skilled workforce in the energy sector with a large talent pool of qualified engineers and tradespeople.  Post-secondary institutions (University of Alberta, NAIT) support innovation and work closely with industry to ensure talent needs are met. We possess world-leading expertise in CCUS technology, energy, and engineering.
The region includes a highly-skilled workforce in the energy sector with a large talent pool of qualified engineers and tradespeople.  Post-secondary institutions (University of Alberta, NAIT) support innovation and work closely with industry to ensure talent needs are met. We possess world-leading expertise in CCUS technology, energy, and engineering.
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The Hydrogen Opportunity

Webinar - Understanding the Edmonton Metropolitan Region's Hydrogen Opportunity

This webinar provides an overview of the economic opportunity associated with the region’s transition towards hydrogen energy and the ongoing work that is being done to build a strong hydrogen economy that will benefit the entire region.

Interested in learning more about the investment opportunities associated with hydrogen? Download the fact sheet

What is happening in the Edmonton region?

Alberta Carbon Trunk Line (ACTL) 

ACTL is a fully integrated, large-scale CCUS system and the world’s largest capacity CO₂ pipeline capable of transporting 14.6 million tonnes of CO₂/year. 


Air Products Canada Hydrogen  Complex  

Air Products announced a $1.3 billioninvestment to build the world’s largest hydrogen network for regional hydrogen production, including the only liquid hydrogen production facility in Western Canada.

Shell CCS Project

Quest - A large-scale carbon capture facility that has stored more than 5 million tonnes of CO₂ from industrial sources since 2015.  
Polaris - Once approved, the proposed facility will store more than 300 million tonnes of CO₂ over its lifetime.

Petronas & Itochu Feasibility Study

Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. Is teaming up with Japan’s Itochu Corp. on a feasibility study on a facility capable of producing 1 million tonnes of ammonia per year with CCS technology.


Shell & Mitsubishi MOU

Shell Canada and Mitsubishi Corp have signed an MOU relating to the production of low-carbon hydrogen through the use of CCS tin the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.


Suncor & Atco Hydrogen Project

This project would produce more than 300,000 tonnes per year of clean hydrogen using advanced technology to capture more than 90% of the emissions generated in the production process.


Regional projects exploring hydrogen use and storage

A first of its kind project for Alberta, ATCO will blend hydrogen into a subsection of natural gas distribution system at a concentration of five percent, by volume.
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An industry-leading industry program to better understand the viability of using legacy pipeline networks for blended or pure hydrogen service.
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The AZETEC project will develop and demonstrate a hydrogen fueling station for highway capable, heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles and will operate in real world conditions.
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A world-leading clean energy technology accelerator for piloting and scaling innovations in biomass, waste, renewable gas utilisation, and hydrocarbon processing and upgrading technologies.
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The Regional Ecosystem

Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB 

Canada’s first and largest hub; an alliance of 3 orders of government, Indigenous, economic development and academic leaders implementing a strategy to accelerate the development of a regional hydrogen economy. 

Alberta Industrial Heartland (AIHA)

AIHA is a globally recognized and diversified energy cluster with a world-leading hydrocarbon processing industry. It is home to two refinery complexes with carbon capture technology and the world’s largest CO₂ pipeline. 

Other Regional Projects

Other Resources

Hydrogen Strategy for Canada

Natural Gas Vision and Strategy - Government of Alberta

Building a Transition Pathway to a Vibrant Hydrogen Economy - The Transition Accelerator

CONTACT US

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Brent Lakeman — Director of Hydrogen Initiative

Interested in learning more about the hydrogen opportunity in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region? Reach out.

Recent Regional News

Brent Lakeman Talks the Hydrogen Economy

Global Edmonton’s Director of Hydrogen Initiative, Brent Lakeman, recently sat down with the European-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research to discuss the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s hydrogen economy. The following is

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