Alberta may not have a place in the European energy market

Germany recognizes that it needs natural gas immediately. We really want Canada to export more [de gaz naturel liquéfié, GNL] in Europesaid Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, in an interview with the host of the show Powers & Politics from CBC, Vassy Kapelos, Tuesday.

However, the European country’s limited import capacity and Canada’s export capacity are chilling the German Chancellor, especially since there seems to be very little appetite for adding the infrastructure needed to increase trade. .

Olaf Sholz believes there is no business case currently to support such a project, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau believes it to be an expensive undertaking with very little upside, particularly due to of the European shift towards renewable energies.

Alberta’s associate electricity and natural gas minister, Dale Nally, has a different view of Canada’s and Alberta’s position on this issue.

There is clearly an interest in increasing market access for Canadian LNG on the east coastthe associate minister said in a statement. Not admitting it is another example of the federal government refusing to act in the interests of Albertans, Canadians and the world.

Germany’s view

In addition to direct energy supply, natural gas may have a role to play in the development of the hydrogen market. On the other hand, the production of hydrogen blue of the West does not necessarily meet the desire for hydrogen says green of Germany.

Professor and hydrogen expert Amit Kumar of the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Engineering admits there are significant barriers for Alberta in this sector.

Even in the long term, hydrogen is not a magic solution for the energy transition.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of options for decarbonization – and hydrogen is one of them – and we need to initially transition to what is commercially available and cheaper.he explains.

It is an alternative to natural gasadds Amit Kumar. From my perspective, this is part of the long-term plan to decarbonize Alberta’s energy system, but it will be one option among many.

The colors of hydrogen

The hydrogen market has developed a color code to define how it is produced.

  • Grey: produced from fossil fuels without carbon capture
  • Blue: produced from fossil fuels with carbon capture
  • Green: produced from water by electrolysis using renewable source energy
  • Nuclear: produced from water by electrolysis or heating with nuclear energy

Source : Canadian Hydrogen Strategy (New window)Natural Resources Canada

With information from Tom Ross

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