Ambition: Develop an engaged network of key players and enablers (technical, business, financial, and academics) who are knowledgeable and supportive of a hydrogen economy in Alberta.
This initiative supports the exciting work on the technical pathways to hydrogen development led by the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR). The EFL leverages its diverse network and broad expertise to identify, map and engage the full complement of system-wide considerations and stakeholders for development and deployment of a hydrogen economy.
There is a myriad of considerations in moving hydrogen from a technical element to an embedded component of a social and economic system. This initiative first aims to identify and map a full picture of a mature hydrogen economy in the province, while engaging key stakeholders in its development. This likely includes expertise i.e. knowledge, work experience, labour, skills as well as business models, financing and economic models, regulatory elements, as well as other intangibles of a hydrogen economy e.g. comfort, willingness to risk in an emerging industry.
The biggest challenge to overcome is the fact that hydrogen as a transportation energy source is new in Alberta, and relatively new globally. This means that those who would normally be involved in supporting a new venture are not familiar with its challenges, including regulatory, legal, financing, and policymaking. A big challenge, therefore, is doing the necessary legwork to help people get comfortable with hydrogen across the breadth of the full system, including everyone who would ultimately help enable a hydrogen economy.
The EFL held an Accelerator on Mobility in a Low-Carbon Future to share leading-edge research on Alberta’s role in the movement of people and goods in a low-carbon future, while accelerating innovations in hydrogen, biofuels, metals supply, and more. Learn about the outcomes here.