Canada and Germany boost cooperation on hydrogen
Canada and Germany agreed on Tuesday (16th March) to further strengthen hydrogen cooperation, including exploring Canada hydrogen supply to Germany, H2Bulletin reports.
Germany has been trying to find potential sources for green hydrogen as it lacks the cost-effective ways to produce green hydrogen. It has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with several countries, including last week with Saudi Arabia, which H2Bulletin covers separately.
Canada has been well-positioned for producing green hydrogen utilising its abundant hydroelectric power. It is the world’s third-largest producer of hydroelectricity, accounting for around 60% of total generation capacity. Hydroelectricity is predictable and is favourable for mega electrolysis plants for hydrogen production.
Seamus O’Regan, Canadian Environment Minister and Germany Federal Minister Peter Altmaier signed a memorandum of understanding and agreed to collaborate on clean hydrogen and identify potential hydrogen production projects, applications and trade. Both ministers agreed to phase out coal, ramping up hydrogen production and a price on pollution.
Peter Altmaier said that “Especially with respect to hydrogen, I am confident that we will quickly see concrete bilateral cooperation projects.”
Both ministers also agreed to consider liquefied natural gas as part of the cooperation. Natural gas has proposed by many countries as a bridge solution until hydrogen becomes the mainstream fuel.