May 3, 2022

Alberta Stories

Fueling a cleaner future after Edmonton hosts first ever Canadian Hydrogen Convention

The first ever Canadian Hydrogen Convention took place last week in Edmonton, Alberta. With more than 100 exhibiting companies, 4,000+ attendees, and several significant hydrogen opportunities announced and advanced, the event was by all measures a remarkable success. Alberta’s cleantech sector continues to be a leader on the global stage and we are excited to be a part of the action. We connected with hydrogen experts who all gathered to learn, network and collaborate on hydrogen’s potential in the sector. The amount of talent and expertise in the room showed progressive growth for cleantech and the innovative projects on the horizon.

Invest Alberta’s Involvement

On day one, the Invest Alberta team added to the event’s excitement by announcing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Mobility Centre (CMC) and EnerTech Capital. Through the agreement we have partnered with the two organizations to further explore and expand high-impact, high-value investment opportunities in Alberta’s mobility sector for hydrogen, electric vehicles, and more.

MOU signing with the California Mobility Center (CMC) & EnerTech Capital. L-R: Jiajia Zhou, Analyst, EnerTech Capital, Wally Hunter, Managing Director, EnerTech Capital, Subid Wagley, Director, Business Operations, California Mobility Center, Lynette Tremblay, VP, Investor Services, Invest Alberta, Rick Christiaanse, CEO, Invest Alberta, Stacie Lara, Director of Investment, Energy, Invest Alberta.

On the final morning, Janet Riopel, a member of our Board of Directors, joined the conversation at the Fireside Chat for Alberta’s Hydrogen Advantages and Investment Landscape. She introduced Invest Alberta’s work on bringing new investment opportunities to the province and highlighted our collective role in helping advance Alberta’s global hydrogen economy.

Major Announcements

More exciting new announcements took place during the conference, including TC Energy’s partnership with Nikola Corporation, as they begin evaluating plans for a hydrogen production hub on 140 acres in Crossfield, Alberta. The facility will focus on producing and distributing hydrogen to serve long-haul transportation, power generation, large industrials, and heating across North America.

In addition, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announced the government’s partnership with Alberta Innovates to create the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence. The government is putting forward $50 million to launch the new facility. Its focus will be to provide innovative support across the entire hydrogen system – from production to end use.  

As well, multiple noteworthy announcements from the Edmonton International Airport took place throughout the week. These announcements highlighted hydrogen’s impact on transforming the transportation sector in Alberta, specifically hydrogen fueling, hydrogen vehicles and technology partnerships. Follow their innovative new hydrogen announcements including partnerships with Toyota Canada, Hydra Energy and many more.

Award Winning Hydrogen Projects in Alberta

Our incredible partners at Air Products Canada accepted the award for best Hydrogen Project at the convention. Their $1.3 billion project was recognized for its work towards building the world’s largest net-zero hydrogen facility. Congratulation to Vice President and General Manager, Rachel Smith, and to the whole team at Air Products – a reward well deserved.

It was incredible to be a part of this year’s Canadian Hydrogen Convention, helping advance Alberta’s potential for investment attraction in cleantech. We are proud that the Canadian Hydrogen Convention is now part of Alberta’s hydrogen story. To add, Edmonton Global was a huge player in making the week a success, we cannot wait for the conference again next year and all the ground-breaking new projects to make their way into the province.

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