April 25-29 has been named Hydrogen Week in Alberta.
According to a government release, hydrogen represents the next great opportunity for Alberta’s energy sector, with potential benefits to create jobs, diversify the energy sector and help reduce emissions while keeping energy reliable and affordable. When used as a fuel, hydrogen produces only water, with no carbon emissions.
“This is a great opportunity to promote and celebrate Alberta’s achievements in advancing a hydrogen economy, including the path laid out in our Hydrogen Roadmap," said Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity, Dale Nally. "Hydrogen Week will mark the huge potential of hydrogen in the future of Alberta’s energy system.”
Alberta is the largest hydrogen producer in Canada, and the Hydrogen Roadmap – released in November 2021 – outlines a path to build on that. A provincial hydrogen economy would allow Alberta to help meet the increasing global demand for hydrogen in transportation, heating, industrial applications, and electricity generation and storage, adds Nally.
The declaration of Hydrogen Week corresponds with the first-ever Canadian Hydrogen Convention taking place in Edmonton from April 26-28. The convention will bring together the private sector, innovators and technology providers, experts, exhibitors and government officials from around the world. Participants will discuss opportunities and challenges in hydrogen development.
The Hydrogen Council, a global advisory council of corporate executives, estimates that by 2050, the global hydrogen sector could generate a US$2.5-trillion to US$11-trillion global market and create 30 million jobs.