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A New Era for Canadian Energy is Now
April 25-27, 2023
Edmonton Convention Centre - Edmonton, Canada

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There are rare moments in time when certain individuals or companies shine. They come along unexpectedly and have a profound effect on us; they become a legend in their area of expertise. To some they are controversial, to others they are heroes; but, regardless, no one can deny that they have an ongoing influence within the hydrogen sector. They are the leaders, the innovators and the collaborators who are disrupting the hydrogen industry.

Hosted on April 27, 2022 The Canadian Hydrogen Awards shine a spotlight on excellence in the hydrogen industry. Recognizing leaders, innovators and trail blazers in energy, companies and individuals are recognized for disrupting the industry and promoting healthy advancement of the sector.

Hosted by:

Brent Lakeman, Director, Hydrogen Initiatives, Edmonton Global and Rachel Gregory, Digital Host, H+ Series

  

Congratulations to the 2022 Winners and Nominees 

Hydrogen Project Award

           

Air Products Canada Limited (WINNER) 

Air Products Net Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex

Air Products will take advantage of Canada’s abundant and low-cost natural resources, extensive infrastructure, highly skilled workforce, and innovative spirit to build a Net Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Edmonton, Alberta. This “blue hydrogen” production facility will feature an innovative combination of leading-edge technologies to enable overall complex net-zero environmental performance, which is a leap forward for blue hydrogen.  Air Products calls this new approach, “Blue but better.”   The new facility will include: 

• world-scale hydrogen production utilizing Auto-Thermal Reforming (ATR) technology licensed from Haldor-Topsoe to be built on a large project site in Edmonton that has room for future expansion; 
• a carbon capture system capable of removing 95% of the direct carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the ATR facility with the captured CO2 being transported by Wolf Midstream Carbon Solutions, via their wholly-owned Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, to a location for permanent sequestration; 
• an integrated combined cycle electrical power cogeneration unit fueled with 100% net-zero hydrogen that produces all the electrical power required for the entire facility and for export to the grid; the zero-emission electrical power that is exported to the grid offsets the remaining direct CO2 emissions from the facility to achieve the net-zero emissions performance for the overall complex;  
• a 30 tonnes-per-day hydrogen liquefaction facility that uses the zero-emission electrical power generated on-site to provide liquid hydrogen to the growing transportation / mobility markets across Western Canada; 
• a world-scale air separation facility to support the ATR facility and to produce zero-emission liquid oxygen and nitrogen for the local merchant industrial gas market; and 
• a connection to the existing Air Products Alberta Heartland Hydrogen Pipeline network to allow delivery to consumers of the net-zero blue hydrogen throughout the entire Heartland area and to facilitate the phased decarbonization of the entire hydrogen network. 

 

ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF)

DEMO4GRID Green Hydrogen Project

Since 2017, ILF Consulting Engineers (ILF), as the owner's engineer, has been engaged in engineering of Europe’s largest single stack Pressurized Alkaline Electrolyzer (PAE) plant from concept through detailed design, construction, and commissioning. The plant is built in Völs, Austria for the demonstration of grid services and the production of green hydrogen for industrial purposes.    Green hydrogen from regional resources for industrial heating and mobility is the overall topic of the project. The main aim of this project is the commercial setup and demonstration of a technical solution using a 3.2 MW Pressurized Alkaline Electrolyzer (PAE) technology to provide grid balancing services under real operational and market conditions and the production of green hydrogen for industrial energy services.  The demo plant is currently under commissioning and when it comes on stream in Q2 2022 it will regulate the electricity network of the regional electricity supplier TIWAG and heat the Therese Mölk Bakery of the regional food producer and trader MPREIS with green hydrogen.  At the first stage, the produced green hydrogen will be used to replace natural gas for heating the MPREIS bakery’s oven on site. In addition, the heat which is generated as by-product from the electrolyzer will be used at the bakery to improve the overall energy efficiency.  At the second stage, Fuel Cell Electric (FCE) Trucks will be refueled via a hydrogen fueling station directly at the MPREIS food production center. The first FCE trucks for MPREIS’ logistic fleet are scheduled to arrive in 2022.  We are nominating ILF as the owner’s engineering firm for its contribution to this iconic green hydrogen project.

Hydrogen Leader of the Year Award

 

Ben Nyland, President & CEO, Loop Energy

As President & CEO of Loop Energy, Ben Nyland strategically guides the company’s vision to design and manufacture fuel cell solutions for the commercial vehicle industry. Ben was appointed as President of Loop Energy in 2015 and Chief Executive Officer in 2016. Ben is responsible for the company’s strategic planning, corporate leadership, market expansion and managing key partner relationships as Loop delivers its clean and affordable transportation solutions.

        

David Layzell, PhD, FRSC, Research Director and Energy Systems Architect, The Transition Accelerator (WINNER)

David Layzell is a Director of the CESAR Initiative at the University of Calgary. He is also co-founder and Energy Systems Architect for the Transition Accelerator (the Accelerator), a non-profit, charitable organization working to identify and deploy credible and compelling transition pathways that will shift the energy systems of Alberta and Canada to net-zero emissions over the next 30 years.   Throughout his research career, Layzell has worked to understand and better manage material and energy flows through complex systems. In CESAR and the Accelerator, his focus has been on the energy systems of Canada, but he has also studied carbon and energy flows through agri-food and forest ecosystems. With academic roots in plant physiology, biochemistry and biophysics, his career path has required ventures into a wide range of other disciplines including analytical chemistry, physics, economics, mathematical modeling and well as electrical, chemical, civil and mechanical engineering.

    

Roy O. Christensen, RET, President, KT Project

Roy O. Christensen is a co-founder of and driving force in the Canadian Hydrogen Working Group (CHWG).  Founded in 2020, the CHWG grows Canada's hydrogen industry through action, communication, and education.  With Roy’s relentless leadership, this non-profit group of volunteers has established an international LinkedIn network with over 1,300 members.  He has also developed a CHWG library with over 1,100 hydrogen-related documents.  The CHWG connects people for collaboration in areas of mutual interest including academia, construction, energy and power production, engineering and procurement, government, investment, not-for-profit, regulatory, research and development, and service and supply.

Hydrogen Mobility Award

Air Products

Air Products Net-Zero Liquid Hydrogen Supply in Edmonton

Air Products is expanding Canada’s hydrogen mobility market fueling capabilities at a scale and experience level never seen before in Canada with the planned launch of its 30 tonnes-per-day liquid hydrogen facility within Air Products’ Net-Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Edmonton, Alberta.  The new facility will use an innovative combination of leading-edge technologies that will enable the much larger availability of a net-zero transportation fuel for heavy transportation markets across western Canada.  Air Products’ Net-Zero Hydrogen Energy Complex in Edmonton will produce net-zero liquid hydrogen at a world-scale level using Auto-Thermal Reforming (ATR) technology, a carbon capture system, a hydrogen fueled power generation system offsetting emissions from the power grid, and industry leading liquefiers developed and built by Air Products. The overall facility configuration is shown in the attachment “Air Products ? Figure 1.”  Liquid hydrogen will be reliably delivered to mobility markets with distribution systems that closely resemble those of diesel or gasoline and with fueling station equipment developed with the insights gained from over 11 million hydrogen fills completed by Air Products to date.    Leveraging Air Products’ 60 years of providing hydrogen solutions for global markets, this liquid hydrogen supply will be a game-changer. It is taking zero-emission hydrogen into the mainstream at a pace consistent with Canada’s climate commitments while meeting the performance demands of Canada’s transportation sector.. 

     

Canadian Pacific (CP) (WINNER)     

CP Hydrogen Locomotive Program

In 2020, Canadian Pacific (CP) established its Hydrogen Locomotive Program seeking to design, build and operate North America’s first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive.  Through this initative CP is retrofitting three diesel locomotives using a combination of hydrogen fuel cells and batteries to power the locomotive’s electric traction motors. Supported by $15 million in project funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta, CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program will demonstrate and evaluate the technical performance of hydrogen-powered locomotives and supporting fueling infrastructure in real-world operations. The program will generate critical industry knowledge that will inform future development, help establish Alberta as a global centre of excellence in hydrogen and freight rail systems and assist CP in meeting its climate change and sustainability objectives.

Hydra Energy

Hydra Energy Hydrogen-as-a-Service

Hydra Energy (Hydra) is the world’s first Hydrogen-as-a-Service™ provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs today with limited risk and no up-front investment. The company’s innovative approach sources low-carbon hydrogen from leading chemical partners and provides clean fuel to fleets at diesel-equivalent (or lower) prices enabling an immediate and affordable transition to cleaner trucking. By quickly converting semi-trucks with Hydra’s proprietary hydrogen-diesel, co-combustion injection system in exchange for long-term fuel contracts, fleet operators can reduce emissions and optimize truck performance and fuel efficiency regardless of payload and weather.

 

Técnicas Reunida

Shinefleet & Tr-50 Initiative for Compact Reformer to Produce On-Site, On-Demand Green Hydrogen for Mobility Applications

Técnicas Reunidas, as leader of a consortium of 7 companies and 6 research centers, is participating in the development of an innovative proposal for mobility based in Hydrogen for heavy duty trucks, based on: - On-site, compact, small hydrogen production, based on biofuel reforming (biogas, biomethane or bioethanol) or natural gas reforming. - R&D on purification of syngas to mobility-grade hydrogen - R&D on CO2 capture options - R&D on application of additive manufacturing to this small, compact plants - R&D on smart H2 tanks in the trucks and innovative shapes / configurations of H2 tanks. - R&D on thermal integration of the FC in the vehicle - Sensorization and partial automation of the trucks - Management of the complete system (trucks fleet and H2 generation) as a whole. It means that H2 production system adapts its load to the forecasted refueling needs, and also that each truck adapts its operation and refueling needs, to take into account the needs of other trucks and the status of the generation/storage of Hydrogen. As an evolution/continuation of Shinefleet Project, Técnicas Reunidas is manufacturing a 50 Nm3/h compact reformer, as a first demo plant for this solution, inside a ISO 20ft container, that can work on several biofuels, producing H2 capable to feed FC vehicles. It will be assembled by end of 2022 and tested during the first months of 2023, at TR premises (R&D Center of Técnicas Reunidas). With this solution, Técnicas Reunidas can supply compact units to produce renewable (green) Hydrogen from biofuels, with competitive costs, on demand.

Innovation in Hydrogen Technology Award

Golu Hydrogen Technologies Inc.

Renewable Hydrogen Production from Ethanol

Gölu-H2 enables the lowest cost on-site fuel cell quality hydrogen and clean electricity production, minimized storage requirements, minimized downtime. Maximized asset utilization through continuous revenue generation via hydrogen, power, and carbon credit sales, which leads to a short payback period.  Gölu's standardized containerized modular units will provide accessible, clean, renewable hydrogen made from non-petroleum resources. Converting ethanol and water into hydrogen and electricity on-site is a disruptive process that solves many hurdles to widespread hydrogen adoption: Cost (Capex + Opex), Storage, Distribution (transportation), and Safety. Tap into the over 2 million miles of existing liquid petroleum fuel infrastructure globally, using existing distribution, storage, and dispensing networks. Carbon negative, adding no new carbon to the environment.  Decentralized hydrogen from Golu-H2 is suitable for use in HFCEVs in the transportation sector, larger units for ammonia, fertilizers, steel and clean fuel manufacturing. Electricity for EV charging and supporting off grid and on grid communities.

 

    

Hycamite TCD Technologies Ltd (WINNER)

Hycamite TCD Technology

Hycamite TCD Technologies produces clean hydrogen (H₂) and value-added, solid carbon by splitting methane (CH₄), the main component of natural gas and biogas.

 

Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M)

H2M Low Pressure Solid State Hydrogen Storage

Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M) founded in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2014, has engineered a proprietary nanomaterial that selectively attracts hydrogen under ambient temperature and low pressure; providing twice the hydrogen in the same volume at half the cost. High costs and technical challenges of storing and transporting hydrogen, either as a compressed gas or in liquid form, significantly impede the adoption of hydrogen technology. H2M conformable tanks will revolutionize the industry, dramatically driving down capital and operating costs and open new markets for hydrogen applications from drones to utility scale energy storage as needed for solar and wind installations.

 

RUNWITHIT Synthetics

Regional Synthetic Hydrogen Futures

RUNWITHIT Synthetics (RWI) creates living, digital models of regions, complete with their people, lives and livelihoods, infrastructure, and their futures, to support strategic decision-makers answering unprecedented questions around decarbonization and resilience.  RUNWITHIT's Synthetic Modeling Platform (SMP) is used today to de-silo different stakeholders and generate data from future scenarios for assessing impacts and outcomes for people, businesses, traffic, air quality, weather, infrastructure, policies, new and existing technologies, even disasters.  Applications of RUNWITHIT's SMP include live table-top format, complete synthetic twins of regions, or real-time decision-support forecasting to de-risk and accelerate investment, innovation, and policy.

 

STARS Technology Corp.

STARS Technology Corporation's Micro/Meso-Channel Hydrogen Generator

The STARS hydrogen generator uses proven leading edge, microchannel technology and additive manufacturing (3D-printing) to mass produce modular chemical reactor systems that convert water and methane into Hydrogen in a process called steam methane reforming. With this disruptive technology (footnote 1 below) It is now possible to transform the natural gas grid into the hydrogen grid without costly pipelines or delivery vehicles.  It is no longer necessary to invest in large central hydrogen production plants or create new infrastructure for collecting and transporting waste to make hydrogen.   Distributed systems, using biomethane will enable gas distribution companies and end users to make the clean hydrogen they need on site.  The STARS’ microchannel reactors and heat exchangers are typically less than 1/100 the size of conventional reactors and heat exchangers.  Our “chemical chips” will revolutionize the chemical processing industry the way microcircuitry revolutionized the electronics industry.  Smaller size and 3D-printing minimize production waste and material costs to lower capital costs.  The miniaturization provides greater operational safety because there is less methane and hydrogen (source term) in the high temperature section of the process hardware.  Yet the speed of the chemical reaction is increased by over 100 times faster so that it produces as much hydrogen in the same timeframe as conventional reactors.  The Compact design reduces the footprint, allowing onsite installation at most locations. Onsite levelized costs of hydrogen are projected to become less than $2.50 per kilogram with moderate quantities of mass production (~1,000 units per year)(footnote 2)  Today, the STARS’ hydrogen generator provides the fastest, cheapest, pathway to a clean hydrogen (footnote 3) economy by using renewable natural gas resources and the electrical grid.  Footnotes 1. The STARS inductively heated chemical reactor holds a world record electrical energy to chemical conversion efficiency of 80%.    2. When production quantities exceed 50,000 reactor/heat exchanger units per year the cost is projected to be below $2.00 per kilogram (kg) of hydrogen. This would increase annual hydrogen production capacity by nearly 500,000 tons per year.  3. The STARS hydrogen generator creates a distributed market for waste biomethane that might otherwise be released to the environment. When powered by clean electricity, and supplied with biomethane feedstock, the hydrogen produced has the potential to achieve net-negative carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions.