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The Advancing Hydrogen program is the second round of funding available under the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence.
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Leveraging Alberta’s existing natural resources and human capacity to integrate hydrogen into the energy system is a critical component of innovation in the province.
The Advancing Hydrogen — Competition 2 program is the second round of funding available under the Hydrogen Centre of Excellence and is partnered with Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Office of Energy Research and Development and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) through its Accelerating Hydrogen competition. The Centre was announced on April 26, 2022, receiving $50 million in funding from the Government of Alberta as an important delivery mechanism for the policy pillars outlined in the Alberta Hydrogen Roadmap.
The program is directed towards developing projects that support goals outlined in Alberta’s Hydrogen Roadmap 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.
The successful projects will accelerate the adoption of hydrogen into the economy and focus on filling gaps which have been identified throughout the innovation process, from production to end use. They will contribute to growing Alberta’s green economy, supporting economic diversification, and reducing GHG emissions.
Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta and Natural Resources Canada are trusted partners with the Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF). NGIF has an active call for proposals for its Global Cleantech Challenge – Energy Transformation through Cleantech Innovation and is accepting proposals through its website linked here. Note that the proposal deadline is November 1, 2023 (3:00 PM EDT). Note also that the NGIF proposal competition is separate from the HCOE and ERA competition.
An informational webinar, hosted by ERA Executive Director of Technology and Innovation Chris Owttrim and Director of Clean Technology in Clean Resources at Alberta Innovates David Van Den Assem, for potential applicants was held on August 16, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM MDT. View the webinar here and accompanying presentation slides here.
Projects that meet the program eligibility criteria will be considered for funding; the full eligibility criteria can be found in the program guide. Up to $20 million is available over 24 months for technology readiness levels 3-6 through the HCOE’s “Advancing Hydrogen — Competition 2”, and up to $25 million is available for technology readiness levels 7-9 through ERA’s “Accelerating Hydrogen Scale-up and Deployment Competition”. Funding requests for TRL 3-6 can be up to, but not exceed, $2 million. Funding Requests for TRL 7-9 can be up to, but not exceed, $5 million. Additional funding may be available to bring the combined Competitions total to $50M or more.
Proposed projects should have a clear and direct pathway to creating tangible impacts in Alberta. Projects should be able to show direct measurable benefits, or to quantify indirect benefits, in at least one of the following areas:
Submissions to both the HCOE Advancing Hydrogen — Competition 2 and the ERA Accelerating Hydrogen Scale-up and Deployment Competitions will be evaluated using a two-stage application process. Proposals for Stage 1 should be submitted electronically using the Intake form managed via the SmartSimple online intake system.
Proponents will self-select their preferred funding program based on their starting Technology Readiness Levels (TRL 3-6 or TRL 7-9). Note that Alberta Innovates, Natural Resources Canada and Emissions Reduction Alberta at their sole discretion, will triage applications into appropriate Competitions at two key decision points: following initial submission of expression of interest proposals, and at shortlisting for invitation to full proposal stage.
For eligibility criteria, consult the program guide. To discuss eligibility for this program or for specific questions regarding this program and guide, consult the contact(s) listed below.
For specific questions regarding technical issues with proposal submissions using the SmartSimple online system, please contact: GMSSupport@albertainnovates.ca.
Note: NRCan will have a separate investment agreement and may have additional reporting requirements.
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 26, 2023
Expression of Interest Stage:
Launch of the open call (TRL 3-9) - July 28, 2023
Close of intake proposal submissions (TRL 3-9) - September 26, 2023, at 5:00 PM MST
Full Proposal Stage:
TRL 3-6 Full Proposals
Close of full proposal submissions - December 15, 2023, at 5:00 PM MST
Funding notification - January 29, 2024
TRL 7-9 Full Proposals
Close of full proposal submissions - January 10, 2024, at 5:00 PM MST
Funding notification - March 18, 2024
All dates subject to change at Alberta Innovates’ or ERA’s sole discretion.
August 1, 2023
$50 million available for hydrogen projects
Clean Technology, Energy, Environment
The Hydrogen Centre of Excellence accelerates technology and innovation across the hydrogen value chain, closing innovation and support gaps and strengthening Alberta’s hydrogen economy.
Sectors: Clean Technology
The objective of the Clean Technology program is to address sustainability while creating opportunity for economic diversification in Alberta.