Several projects using natural gas to produce hydrogen will receive support.

By Dale Lunan

Ahead of the annual Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Calgary, the Canadian government on July 3 announced C$11mn (US$8mn) in funding to support nine energy technology projects, most of them in Alberta.

Small modular reactor research will receive C$2.5mn, while C$8.5mn will go towards innovation in Canada’s clean hydrogen sector.

Included in the funding is C$3mn to Aurora Hydrogen, which is developing technology to use microwave energy for methane pyrolysis to create hydrogen and solid carbon from natural gas and C$1mn to Innova Hydrogen for zero-carbon hydrogen production via catalytic methane pyrolysis.

Quantiam Technologies will also receive C$1mn to support its technology to produce carbon-negative methanol and e-fuels from captured CO2 and green hydrogen.

ATCO Gas and Pipelines will receive C$1.3mn to advance its project, with partner Qualico, to develop a hydrogen community near Edmonton, and nearly C$509,000 to develop its Fort Saskatchewan Operating Centre into North America’s first 100% hydrogen-heated building and as a demonstration site for end-user heating technologies using pure and blended hydrogen with natural gas.

And New Wave Hydrogen will receive C$415,000 to accelerate the development of its technology that uses shock wave heating technology for methane thermal cracking.


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