Canada, Germany Sign New Hydrogen Export Deal

Canadian and German leaders signed a ‘hydrogen alliance’ aimed at accelerating efforts to export clean fuel to Germany by 2025.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed a deal on Tuesday for Germany to import green hydrogen from Canada.
The two leaders signed the deal in the port town of Stephenville, Newfoundland.
The first deliveries are expected in just three years. Germany seeks options as it tries to move away from Russian gas
hydrogen is a clean, versatile fuel that doesn’t produce any direct greenhouse gas emissions — all it takes to release the energy is oxygen, and the only byproduct is water.
In principle, hydrogen can serve as a basis for fuels to replace coal, oil and natural gas in industry and transport. Because its production is very energy-intensive, hydrogen is currently still significantly more expensive than fossil fuels.
Both LNG and green hydrogen are seen as medium-term solutions and will not be able to help Germany in the next few months. Canada does not yet have the means to export LNG internationally, and the production of green hydrogen is still in its infancy.
Industry has long been in on the benefits and has been using hydrogen for decades in the petrochemicals sector — mainly for oil refining, producing ammonia for fertilizers, and in the production of methanol and steel. But it has also been touted as a means of speeding up our transition to clean energy. Even the European Commission has described hydrogen as “the missing part of the puzzle to a fully decarbonized economy”.

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