Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association


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.