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Edmonton International Airport goes all-in on hydrogen

The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) has announced several agreements and initiatives that position it as “a significant driver of demand for hydrogen fuel” and “a new home for piloting emerging hydrogen technologies.”

“We are very excited to work with local and international partners to build the growing hydrogen economy in the Edmonton Metro Region, using our Airport City Sustainability Campus as a magnet to attract investment, create jobs and stimulate economic growth,” said Myron Keehn, Vice President of Air Service, Business Development, ESG, and Government Relations at EIA.

Among the announcements:

The announcements were made in conjunction with the Canadian Hydrogen Convention, which was held in Edmonton from April 26-28.


Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship


Tech


Climate Emergency & CleanTech

  • The province will invest $50 million to create a new Hydrogen Centre of Excellence to drive innovation in the production and use of hydrogen across the economy and to support entrepreneurs building hydrogen technologies. Alberta Innovates said the centre of excellence will operate from existing facilities and corporate offices in both Edmonton and Calgary. Research, testing, piloting, and validation facilities will be housed at C-FER Technologies located near the Edmonton Research Park.
  • Alberta Innovates has published a report on the technological innovation needed for the broad commercial deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) in Alberta. Alberta Innovates and Emissions Reduction Alberta have invested around $140 million in over 100 CCUS projects over the past 25 years, the organization said.
  • Invest Alberta, Ontario’s EnerTech Capital, and the California Mobility Center (CMC) — an American nonprofit that helps accelerate early-stage startups — have signed an MOU to identify investment opportunities and increase collaboration in the advanced mobility sector, which includes electric vehicles (EVs).
  • [Re] Waste said it has created “the world’s first” recycled plastic product made completely from cannabis plastic packaging. The container, called “The Canna Bin,” is made from about 600 containers and weighs 34 pounds. “Together, we have diverted over 100,000 containers that are destined for landfills or littered in our environment,” shared founder and CEO Corey Saban. Bins will be available to order starting next month.
  • The ONEC Group of Companies has announced it has created a five-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) modular building that can provide emergency power by using an alkaline fuel cell and industrial-grade hydrogen to supply clean, emissions-free power. The company’s first units, completed last November, were transported to an ATCO Power site in Nisku for a one-year pilot.
  • St. Albert-based Enterprise Group has announced the launch of a new subsidiary company called Evolution Power Projects Inc. as a low-carbon power systems provider, designing and delivering electrical microgrids powered by natural gas.

Digital Inclusion & Education

  • The Alberta Innovates High School Youth Researcher Summer Program (HYRS) is seeking hosts from a variety of health and medical science areas, including those in digital health, data-enabled health transformation, and health innovation to provide research experience for six weeks in the summer to grade 11 students from across Alberta.
  • In the State of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Canada 2022 report, it found that despite facing an array of challenges and systemic barriers, diverse women entrepreneurs have demonstrated incredible resilience, ingenutiy, and a distinct ability to innovate amid uncertainty.

Food Security & Agtech


Public Health


Social Impact


Arts & Culture


Bits & Pieces


Other Mentions

  • Innovate Edmonton CEO Catherine Warren met with Estonian Ambassador Toomas Lukk this week. Among the topics of discussion was Estonia’s story as a digital nation and their welcoming environment for startups, notably the e-residency program.

The Blast is curated by Taproot Publishing and published by Innovate Edmonton.