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Edmonton and the Hydrogen Economy

I don't think you will see nuclear powered airplanes anytime soon as nuclear reactors are extremely heavy, even micro reactors.
 
^^^^ The reactor doesn't have to be ON the airplane in order to fuel batteries that could be there.
 
Nuclear will in all respects be rendered obsolete in next 10 years. People don't realize how much the cost curves have declined for solar and batteries. Hydrogen is great when you need high energy density fuel - for everything else, the standard will be batteries powered by solar power...this is just simple economics.
 
^^^^ Those economics are not that simple -- there is a HUGE production curve for solar panels wanting to do what you are suggesting, and that production comes also at a "green" cost. Energy density requirements come in all built-up urban areas where solar is largely ineffective, wet climates where solar is also ineffective and extreme northern and southern latitudes where solar only works somewhat less than half of the year. Hydrogen fuel cells and micro-nuclear power are both better solutions in these scenarios. Interestingly, bated breath pause awaiting nuclear fusion under construction in the U.S. may throw out all other energy solutions if it can be made to work on a global scale. Where the climate is right, solar will work fine at scale in suburban residential areas.
 
Solar panels have something like a 25 year life expectancy and will have to be recycled afterwards. The environmental cause will be lost if we don't find a way to efficiently recycle every single part of a solar panel. I wish more people would focus on the recycling aspect of environmental technology. Greenpeace and other environmental organizations, have been telling us that recycling is the solution but it has been a big lie so far. Get your shit together....
 

If I were in Jason's position I'd really be trying to shift the conversation in Alberta to the potential of hydrogen production in Alberta and how we can be future leaders in that industry.
 
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Hydrogen technology key to reaching net-zero emissions targets​


EDMONTON - Hydrogen will play a critical role in Canada's goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, according to two reports from the University of Calgary released on Thursday.

The reports explore how energy produced from hydrogen can be used to help bridge today's fossil fuels-based systems and complement renewable power sources like wind and solar.

 
I better jump on this announcement of YYC landing a new Amazon Web Hosting “Hub.” Before we start getting jelly jellersons of this “major” coup of YYC….let’s look at the lowest common denominator….CHEAP electricity from the nearby solar farms. Kinda like how the folks to the south got all excited over a looming Bitcoin mining farm…..too funny!! All this HUB is gonna be is a giant Server room tucked away neatly in an empty office building downtown that they got for a buck/sq/ft. Like the article says “jobs in the form of electricians….etc.” So unless one of us is an electrician….we have NOTHING to be jealous of……
 
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Pretty significant for the city/region
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Canadian Hydrogen Convention
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Registration is officially open for the Canadian Hydrogen Convention, co-hosted by Edmonton Global and TC Energy, will be hosted April 26-28, 2022 in Edmonton to demonstrate Canada's leadership in hydrogen.

Join us at the must-attend hydrogen event – where Canada’s leadership in hydrogen will be showcased amongst 4,000+ attendees, 100+ exhibiting companies and over 80 expert speakers.

Engage with your target audience in a short time frame, explore new ideas, gain first-hand product feedback, and understand the trends shaping the future of energy at the #CanadianHydrogenConvention.
 

...how can Alberta get to zero while keeping the lights on (and costs down)?

First, we need to better engage demand. While not for everyone, encouraging those with some flexibility (hello, EV chargers!) to shift when they pull from the grid can limit the strain on the system. More supply variability from renewables, and cheaper automated ways to flexibly control demand, make this an increasingly valuable and feasible low-cost option. Regulators and electricity providers need to innovate to encourage this type of behaviour.

Second, while unabated natural gas has a limited role in a zero emission future, natural gas plants equipped with carbon capture offer a way to take advantage of Alberta's plentiful natural gas reserves. Capital Power is planning to go down this route with their Genesee facility. Another option is to convert these plants to clean-burning hydrogen. As hydrogen production gets cheaper, this starts to become an attractive option. "Green" hydrogen, produced through electrolysis, also offers a way to store hydrogen by soaking up periods of excess wind and solar power.
 

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