One might think that the Canadian province of Quebec would not need to gather annually to discuss about further developing the renewable power sector. More than 99% of power generation comes from renewable sources, mainly hydropower which is increasingly supplemented by wind. At the same time, electricity reaches consumers rather cheaply, at around 70$ per MWh, or about 50€ for private households. So what is the outlook for the renewables industry in the province? This year’s annual renewables symposium saw an increasing focus on reducing emissions in the transport sector, which contributes to an increasing share of more than 40% of emissions in the region. Besides battery-electric vehicles, hydrogen is set to play an increasing role in this, especially in heavy duty transport, but also in industrial applications.
From the perspective of the Global Alliance Powerfuels, the region could be a leading supplier of powerfuels both for domestic use in industry and transport as well as for export abroad. Especially its outstanding wind potential could be scaled sustainably. As part of the annual symposium, in the closing workshop “From thinking to acting - Ensuring the full development of the 'green hydrogen' sector in Quebec” we discussed intensely how to develop these potentials further. This will be a first step towards establishing viable projects, as the province is working on developing a hydrogen roadmap in the upcoming months. First successes have materialized already: Air Liquide is set to build a 20MW PEM electrolyser to provide green hydrogen for industrial use.
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