Government of Alberta Commits $50 Million to Advance Hydrogen Innovation Projects

(P&GJ) — The Government of Alberta has announced $50 million in funding through Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) to support researchers, innovators, companies and industry to develop technologies that are critical to advancing the Province’s hydrogen roadmap and natural gas strategy.

The $25 million in funding will come from ERA for later-stage innovations and an additional $20-25 million will come from Alberta Innovates to support early-stage innovations, and any extra funding will come from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

Proposals are being accepted in areas including hydrogen production, storage, transmission, and end-use in heavy-duty transportation, industrial heat, power, and chemicals, commercial and residential heating, and other industries. ERA-funded projects must be completed in 36 months, and Alberta Innovates-funded projects must be completed in 24 months. Alberta Innovates, ERA and NRCan are providing a coordinated one-window approach for these two parallel funding competitions to reduce red tape for applicants.

This competition is open to technology developers, industry, industrial associations, small and medium-sized enterprises, research and development (R&D) organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous businesses, municipalities, government research labs and more.

Alberta is the largest hydrogen producer in Canada. The province has all the resources, expertise, and technology required to be a global supplier of clean, low-cost hydrogen.

The deadline for applications for the Emissions Reduction Alberta's Accelerating Hydrogen Challenge is 5:00 p.m. MDT on September 22, 2023. Additionally, applications for the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence Competition 2 must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. MDT on September 26, 2023.

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