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Canada – Germany Transatlantic Hydrogen Alliance


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. photo: Profimedia

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Canada and Germany announced on Tuesday the creation of a “hydrogen alliance” that paves the way for a “transatlantic supply chain” in the context of Europe trying to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels from Russia, AFP and AGERPRES report.

“It’s a vote of confidence for Canada as a leader in clean energy,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

“The world cannot continue to count on authoritarian countries that, like Russia, instrumentalize energy policy”, said Prime Minister Trudeau regarding the energy blackmail that Europe accuses Russia of.

“We have to talk about short-term constraints and about liquefied natural gas (LNG), but in the long-term the real potential lies in the green hydrogen coming from the Atlantic provinces,” said Olaf Scholz.

Through this partnership, Ottawa aims to become “a major exporter of hydrogen and associated clean technologies” which is of particular interest to Berlin, which aims to “import significant amounts of renewable hydrogen to decarbonize its industry”, but also to get rid of dependence on energy imports from Russia.

The first hydrogen deliveries are scheduled for 2025, according to a joint statement of intent signed in Stephenville by Justin Trudeau and Olaf Scholz, who is on a three-day visit to Canada.

In Stephenville, a city on the Canadian Atlantic coast, the American company World Energy GH2 Inc is trying to build a hydrogen production facility powered by a wind farm with 164 one-gigawatt turbines.

Green or renewable hydrogen is produced by electrolysis, that is, the separation of oxygen and hydrogen from water by using an electric current obtained with the use of renewable energies.

Under this alliance, Ottawa wants to develop the production and export of green hydrogen in Canada for “domestic use, for export to Germany, the European market in general and Asia” by strengthening cooperation with the provinces and territories, according to the document.

Berlin, for its part, wants to support German hydrogen importers by developing an “international trade corridor” with Canada and other countries. To do this, Germany and Canada intend to standardize the rules regarding the “production, distribution, marketing and use of hydrogen”.

The alliance also aims to strengthen research and development in this nascent sector, as well as port infrastructures in Canada and Germany.