Canada’s federal government is funding Alberta’s hydrogen economy to the tune of $9.74 million in a bid to position the province as a global leader in the sector.
Ottawa announced the support Tuesday through Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), a federal department charged with diversifying economies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Dan Vandal, federal minister responsible for PrairiesCan and northern affairs, delivered the news from the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) office at the Edmonton International Airport.
“This investment will improve access to hydrogen fuels, support hydrogen product testing, attract investment to Alberta’s hydrogen industry and increase the availability of quality training opportunities related to the commercialization of hydrogen technologies,” Vandal said.
Just over $3.74 million will support two efforts from Edmonton Global, a not-for-profit corporation founded by members of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region to aid exports and attract investment, PrairiesCan said in a news release.
“We cannot let this opportunity escape our region,” Barichello said. “We need to move aggressively to take advantage of this.”
AMTA and the University of Alberta will also receive $3 million to improve access to hydrogen fuel and encourage uptake, PrairiesCan said, which includes the acquisition of hydrogen fuelling equipment to pilot busses and heavy equipment in Edmonton and Calgary.
Likewise, PrairiesCan said C-FER Technologies in Edmonton will receive $3 million to upgrade the organization’s test facility for hydrogen fuel infrastructure, equipment and technologies. A subsidiary of Crown corporation Alberta Innovates, C-FER Technologies describes itself as a not-for-profit organization that helps clients in the energy industry improve safety, efficiency and their effect on the environment.
Brian Wagg, director of corporate services for C-FER technologies, said the funding will allow the organization to help small and medium enterprises — as well as service companies, manufacturers and regulators — improve hydrogen technologies and provide information to create new standards for hydrogen transportation and storage.
More to come.