Session Chair: Cory Shumaker, Hydrogen Consultant
On September 9, 2020 the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) will host its second workshop focused on the topic of hydrogen and fuel cells in ports and maritime. This workshop comes at a pivotal time of the new stringent global emissions regulations recently announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared with a 2008 baseline. Shipowners and ports around the world are working to find lower emissions solutions, with a lot of attention on the potential of hydrogen and fuel cells. The CHFCA Ports & Maritime Workshop will feature updates on hydrogen and fuel cell activities from California ports, European ports, and progress underway in the Northwest ports of Seattle/Tacoma and Vancouver. Topics covered will be hydrogen fuel cell vessels (ferries, barges, service vessels), container handling equipment in ports and shorepower for ocean-going vessels at berth.
Session Chair: Kevin Larmer, Canadian Gas Association
Across Canada and the globe, hydrogen is emerging as a fundamental energy source for long term emission reduction platforms. Canada, with vast quantities of natural gas, a history with hydrogen R&D, favourable geology for Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) and abundant clean electricity generation, has an advantage as a future hydrogen user and supplier to the world. The natural gas delivery industry is committed to leveraging its world-class energy delivery infrastructure, robust safety culture, and continuous drive for innovation, to kick-start the hydrogen opportunity. As a first step, our industry is looking to blend low percentages of hydrogen into our distribution networks.
This workshop will discuss and highlight the important role Canada‘s natural gas distributors can play in developing a hydrogen economy – including creating demand for low-carbon hydrogen, decarbonizing distribution networks used for space and water heating, providing interconnection between electric and gas networks through technologies such as power to gas, and serving emerging new markets such as providing an alternative transportation fuel. The cost, scale, storage and energy system resiliency advantages of using technologies such as hydrogen to decarbonize the gas distribution network will also be highlighted as compared to an electrification only decarbonization pathway. The workshop will conclude with a discussion of barriers to hydrogen adoption and the policies needed to enable Canada’s gas utilities to play a more significant role in accelerating the emergence of a Canadian hydrogen economy.