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The Advancing Hydrogen program is the first round of funding available under the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence.
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Funded projects will activate the centre’s objectives of:
Alberta’s Hydrogen Roadmap
The program is directed towards developing projects that support the goals of Alberta’s Hydrogen Roadmap, which you can view here, following the identification of hydrogen as an emerging market in the Natural Gas Vision and Strategy. Funding aims to achieve the integration of clean hydrogen into Alberta’s domestic energy system for use in mobility, heat, power generation, and renewable energy storage, and industrial applications, in addition to establishing the province as a major global supplier in clean energy exports. Projects that contribute towards the Hydrogen Roadmap outcomes and targets will be considered within the scope of this competition.
(a) Applicant Eligibility Criteria
Competition 1 is open to technology developers, industry, industrial associations, small and mediumsized enterprises, research and development (R&D) organizations, post-secondary institutions, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and government research labs, providing they are legally able to execute the Investment Agreement, a draft of which is provided on the HCOE Competition 1 web page. Note that the final version of this Investment Agreement may differ slightly from the posted draft. Applicants are not required to be based in Alberta but must demonstrate a clear value proposition for the province.
All corporate Applicants must:
All applicants must be in good financial standing with Alberta Innovates and its subsidiaries InnoTech Alberta and C-FER Technologies.
Proposed projects that demonstrate HQP capacity building in Alberta will receive additional consideration for funding.
Collaboration with other project partners is highly encouraged and projects that demonstrate end user engagement and formal partnerships will receive additional consideration for funding.
(b) Project Partner Eligibility Criteria
The project partner(s) is(are) required to satisfy the following criteria:
(c) Project Eligibility Criteria
To qualify for funding all projects must:
Consult the program guide for further details.
Alberta Innovates and the HCOE leverage internal staff and external expert reviewers to evaluate Applications submitted. Alberta Innovates and the HCOE retains the sole right to determine the evaluation process and does not disclose the names of its external reviewers to ensure their objectivity and impartiality. All external parties are subject to confidentiality, non-disclosure, and conflict of interest policies set by Alberta Innovates.
Proposal evaluation is now complete for Competition #1. A public announcement concerning successful applicants was released on February 21, 2023, which you can read here. You can view the funded projects here.
Director, Clean Technology
Building a hydrogen economy while leveraging Alberta’s existing natural resources and human capacity in the hydrogen economy is a critical component of innovation in the province.
Registration closed: September 6, 2022
This program is not accepting applications currently. Competition #2 will launch in 2024.
University of Calgary
Innovative Fuel Systems Ltd.
Dr. Hassan Dehghanpour, University of Alberta
Hydrogen In Motion Inc. (H2M)
Inter Pipeline Ltd
August 1, 2023
$50 million available for hydrogen projects
February 21, 2023
ATCO and Qualico study opportunity for emission-free, pure hydrogen community in Strathcona County
July 20, 2022
Competition with $20 million available seeks to spur hydrogen innovation in Alberta.
Clean Technology, Energy, Environment
Sectors: Clean Technology
The objective of the Clean Technology program is to address sustainability while creating opportunity for economic diversification in Alberta.