New SFU-based Clean Hydrogen Hub to fuel clean energy research and innovation

May 31, 2024

Simon Fraser University’s newest core facility will help British Columbia and Canada become world leaders in the production of clean hydrogen products and technology, reduce carbon emissions and create local and national of hydrogen-sector jobs.

Located on the Burnaby campus, the SFU Clean Hydrogen Hub is a Canadian academic-industry clean energy infrastructure project meant to accelerate hydrogen technology innovation.

Hydrogen gas can be created cleanly from water via electrolysis and can be used as an alternative energy carrier or as an intermediary to create other products, such as clean methanol. And unlike fossil fuel energy, which releases CO2 into the atmosphere, the byproducts of electrolysis are water and oxygen, meaning that the use of hydrogen from sustainable sources can help dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

The Honourable Terry Beech, Minister of Citizens’ Services and Member of Parliament for Burnaby North—Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced more than $9.4 million in funding support at the Burnaby campus on Friday.

Additional partner investments of cash and in-kind support include $1.5 million each, from the B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) and FortisBC; $1 million from the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation (through their Innovative Clean Energy—ICE—Fund); and $1 million from the City of Burnaby. Support has also come from Canadian partner companies and organizations.

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