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Air Products to build commercial-scale hydrogen refueling station in Canada

Air Products announced plans to build a multi-modal H2 refueling station near its new net-zero H2 energy complex under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The H2 refueling station will be Air Products’ first in Canada and the first commercial-scale H2 refueling station in Alberta. The station plans were announced today at the Canadian H2 Convention during a fireside chat with Eric Guter, Air Products’ Global Vice President, H2 for Mobility.

“This station is the next step in Air Products’ commitment to Edmonton and the province of Alberta and will serve as a model that can be replicated throughout Canada to grow the H2 economy, reduce emissions and assist Canada on its path to achieving net-zero by 2050,” said Guter. “Canada is well-positioned to be a leader in the clean energy future, and we are proud to build on Air Products’ investment in Western Canada to help accelerate the use of H2 as an emissions-free transportation fuel across the nation.”

The H2 refueling station is supported in part by $1 MM in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

"Unlocking the potential of H2 is an essential part of the federal government's plan for a sustainable economic future,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources. “Not just for the domestic opportunities for emissions reductions but also for H2's potential as an export opportunity: to provide clean energy to countries around the globe."

Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, said, “Diversifying Canada’s energy portfolio is key to a prosperous economic future, one that creates good paying careers, and helps us achieve our 2050 net-zero goals. Today’s announcement further positions the Edmonton region as a H2 innovator, providing local businesses and residents a convenient way to fuel up both heavy duty and light duty H2 fuel cell vehicles.”

The new station will include two H2 refueling lanes with dispensers for heavy-duty vehicles such as commercial and municipal trucks, and Air Products’ own truck fleet, with a filling time on par with conventionally fueled heavy-duty trucks. In addition, the station also will have two fueling positions for light-duty H2 fuel cell cars. The state-of-the-art, high-capacity, high-efficiency station is scheduled to open in early 2025 and will be available to retail customers. Using proprietary compression technology, the station will have a capacity of up to 6 tpd of H2. It will be in Northeast Edmonton near Air Products’ transformative new $1.6-B net-zero H2 energy complex.

The complex will use an advanced process technology that enables the cost-effective capture of more than 90% of carbon emissions for permanent sequestration safely underground. In addition, to avoid the indirect emissions associated with using grid electrical power, the project includes a 100% H2-fueled power generation unit. This unit is oversized to power the production facility and supply clean power to the Alberta grid.

The complex will also be integrated with neighboring Imperial Oil Limited’s new renewable diesel facility, using innovative engineering. Imperial will produce renewable diesel from locally sourced non-petroleum feedstocks, using a process that produces a biogenic renewable off-gas by-product. This ROG will be used as a feedstock within the Air Products H2 complex, displacing natural gas and further enhancing the overall carbon emissions profile. The combination of utilizing a renewable feedstock and power export more than offset the remaining 10% needed to achieve net-zero at the new H2 production facility.

The net-zero facility will connect to Air Products’ existing 55-kilometer pipeline network in the Alberta Heartland to help refining and petrochemical customers reduce the carbon intensity of their operations and products.