This week Air Products announced plans to build a multi-modal hydrogen refuelling station near its new net-zero hydrogen energy complex under construction in Edmonton.
The hydrogen refuelling station will be Air Products’ first in Canada and the first commercial-scale hydrogen refuelling station in Alberta. The station plans were announced at the Canadian Hydrogen Convention during a fireside chat with Eric Guter, Air Products’ Global Vice President, Hydrogen for Mobility.
“This station is the next step in Air Products’ commitment to Edmonton and the province of Alberta and will serve as a model that can be replicated throughout Canada to grow the hydrogen economy, reduce emissions and assist Canada on its path to achieving net-zero by 2050,” said Guter. “Canada is well-positioned to be a leader in the clean energy future, and we are proud to build on Air Products’ investment in Western Canada to help accelerate the use of hydrogen as an emissions-free transportation fuel across the nation.”
The hydrogen refuelling station is supported in part by $1 million (CAD) in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
“Unlocking the potential of hydrogen is an essential part of the federal government’s plan for a sustainable economic future,” noted the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources. “Not just for the domestic opportunities for emissions reductions but also for hydrogen’s potential as an export opportunity: to provide clean energy to countries around the globe.”
The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, added, “Diversifying Canada’s energy portfolio is key to a prosperous economic future, one that creates good paying careers, and helps us achieve our 2050 net-zero goals. Today’s announcement further positions the Edmonton region as a hydrogen innovator, providing local businesses and residents a convenient way to fuel up both heavy duty and light duty hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.”
The new station will include two hydrogen refuelling lanes with dispensers for heavy-duty vehicles such as commercial and municipal trucks, and Air Products’ own truck fleet, with a filling time on par with conventionally fuelled heavy-duty trucks. In addition, the station also will have two fuelling positions for light-duty hydrogen fuel cell cars.
The high-capacity, high-efficiency station is scheduled to open in early 2025 and will be available to retail customers. Using proprietary compression technology, the station will have a capacity of up to six tonnes of hydrogen per day. It will be located in Northeast Edmonton near Air Products’ new $1.6 billion (CAD) net-zero hydrogen energy complex.
The complex will use an advanced process technology that enables the cost-effective capture of more than 90 per cent of carbon emissions for permanent sequestration safely underground. In addition, to avoid the indirect emissions associated with using grid electrical power, the project includes a 100 percent hydrogen-fuelled power generation unit.
This unit is oversized to power the production facility and supply clean power to the Alberta grid.
The complex also will be integrated with neighbouring Imperial Oil Limited’s new renewable diesel facility, using innovative engineering. Imperial will produce renewable diesel from locally sourced non-petroleum feedstocks, using a process that produces a biogenic renewable off-gas (ROG) by-product. This ROG will be used as a feedstock within the Air Products hydrogen complex, displacing natural gas and further enhancing the overall carbon emissions profile. The combination of utilizing a renewable feedstock and power export more than offset the remaining 10 per cent needed to achieve net-zero at the new hydrogen production facility.
The net-zero facility will connect to Air Products’ existing 55-kilometre pipeline network in the Alberta Heartland to help refining and petrochemical customers reduce the carbon intensity of their operations and products.
Air Products also has announced plans to open a new project delivery office in Edmonton. The Global Engineering and Manufacturing Technology Equipment office will be a cross-functional space including engineering, product, process gas, and air separation unit product line functions.
Air Products currently operates three hydrogen production facilities in Alberta, and also operates a hydrogen production facility, a 30-kilometer pipeline network and a liquefaction facility in Sarnia, Ontario.