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Why hydrogen?

Retreating glaciers, poorer air quality, hotter summers, stronger hurricanes, drowning polar bears: the ominous signs of climate change are around us. Extreme worldwide dependence on fossil fuels is unsustainable, both environmentally and economically.

  • Growing demand and peak oil production will restrain availability and drive up oil prices
  • Many industries like automotive, manufacturing, aerospace and others are highly vulnerable to rising oil prices
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels lead to global warming and climate change
  • Fossil fuels damage our environment through pollution and smog, which have harmful health consequences, including illness and disease

The worldwide hydrogen market is currently valued at over $300 billion a year; growing at about 15 per cent annually. By 2020 growth will rise to 40 per cent annually and reach several trillions of dollars per year. Hydrogen is needed widely in a number of industrial and commercial applications:

  • Aerospace - Spacecraft fuel
  • Agriculture - Ammonia production for fertilizers
  • Alberta's oil sands - Upgrading bitumen to synthetic crude, and desulfurization
  • Manufacturing - High temperature cutting and fabrication
  • Metallurgical and materials processing - Production of metals and other materials
  • Petrochemical - Petroleum products like styrene, ethylene and others
  • Transportation - Hydrogen for vehicles, such as fuel cells and Hydrail