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Hydrogen Production

Hydrogen Production

Hydrogen production is not new. In fact, Canada is one of the world’s largest producers and users of hydrogen, primarily for upgrading heavy oil or as a feedstock in the chemical industry.

However, most of this hydrogen is produced from natural gas, which generates greenhouse gas emissions.

As a “consumer” fuel, hydrogen’s future will likely be married with a clean, renewable energy source such as solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass or waste hydrogen capture.

That is one of the greatest advantages of hydrogen – its flexibility. Hydrogen can be produced:

  • From fossil fuels;
  • From renewable resources;
  • Domestically, based on available resources;
  • At centralized manufacturing plants (and distributed by tanker or pipeline); or,
  • Through on-site production.

As one of the top five countries worldwide producing and using renewable power, Canada is well suited for this.