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Posted on December 18th, 2020 – By Mark Lowey, for The Transition Accelerator

Transitioning to low- or zero-emissions hydrogen fuel, and away from carbon-intensive fossil fuels, presents a significant domestic and export economic opportunity for Alberta and Canada. Making this transition will require a pan-Canadian end-use hydrogen market equivalent to 27% of the primary energy needs of Canada in 2050, equivalent to 64 kilotonnes of hydrogen per day, according to the report, “Towards Net-Zero Energy Systems in Canada: A Key Role for Hydrogen,” by The Transition Accelerator.

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Posted on December 12th, 2020 – By Mark Lowey, for The Transition Accelerator

Alberta has several initiatives, such as the Technology Innovation and Emission Reduction Program, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while keeping its industry competitive. In November, the federal government unveiled proposed legislation to achieve net-zero GHG emissions in Canada by 2050. Hydrogen, used as a low- or zero-carbon fuel, can play a key role in these efforts. Like electricity, hydrogen is an energy carrier that produces no GHG emissions when consumed to provide energy services.


Posted on December 6th, 2020 – By Mark Lowey, for The Transition Accelerator

The Alberta government’s new natural gas strategy includes large-scale hydrogen production, with a goal to be exporting clean hydrogen across Canada, North America and globally by 2040. As Canada and many other countries pursue hydrogen strategies, Alberta’s several advantages make it strategically well positioned to take a global lead in producing low- or zero-emissions hydrogen as a transportation fuel.


Posted on November 24th, 2020 – By Cameron Roberts, PhD

Discussions about sustainable mobility can often carry a sense of fatalism. Sure, we should probably change our transportation system to one that causes fewer greenhouse gas emissions, less air pollution, and fewer road fatalities. But gasoline-powered cars have been the dominant means of transportation in Canada for over half a century, and as progress in electric vehiclespublic transit, and active transportation infrastructure has been slow, profound change may seem a long way off.


Posted on July 15th, 2020 – By Jess Harris, Director Communications, The Transition Accelerator

Jess Harris interviewed Jessica Lof, Research Lead-Hydrogen Economy, at the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research initiative, about the findings and recommendations of The Transition Accelerator report, “Survey of Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Their Fit for Service in Canada.”


Posted on May 14th, 2020 – By David B. Layzell PhD, FRSC and Dan Wicklum

Breakdowns, it is said, can lead to breakthroughs. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, made worse by an oil price war, global governments have quite rightly focused on protecting immediate needs for safety, healthcare, food and shelter. But looking forward, national economies will need to be rebuilt.


Posted on January 14th, 2020 – By David B. Layzell PhD, FRSC and Jessica Lof MSc

The movement to a net-zero emission energy system in Canada and around the world offers Alberta the new economic opportunity that it has been searching for, concludes the latest report1 from CESAR and the Transition Accelerator.


Posted on September 18th, 2019 – By David B. Layzell, Jessica Lof and Geoff Martin

On February 27 1892, Rudolf Diesel submitted his ideas for a “new, efficient, working engine” to the German patent office. A year later, he demonstrated a working model that achieved 26% efficiency, more than twice the efficiency of the steam engines of the day. His fuel of choice for these internal combustion engines (ICE) was distillate from oil refining, a fuel that was first called diesel in 1894


Posted on September 4th, 2019 – By Jessica Lof MSc and David B. Layzell PhD, FRSC

Last week, CESAR welcomed the Launch of the Transition Accelerator, highlighting its new methodology for building transformative pathways to a sustainable, low carbon future. This week, we release our first report (Figure 1) in our Future of Freight series, demonstrating how CESAR is using the Accelerator methodology to explore transitions pathways for the freight sector.


Posted on August 26th, 2019 – By David B. Layzell, PhD, FRSC – Director, CESAR

CESAR welcomes the launch of The Transition Accelerator, a new pan-Canadian, non-profit organization that will accelerate changes in our human systems to solve major business or societal challenges, while also dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Accelerator will work with and across various sectors and regions of Canada to harness disruptive technology, business model or social innovations in a way that solves bigger system-level problems and builds pathways to a low-carbon economy. Led by President and CEO Dan Wicklum, PhD, the Accelerator will bring together industry, government, academia and other Canadians to co-create and implement “credible, compelling and capable” pathways to achieve societal solutions that include the transition to a low carbon pathway. Read the Interview with Dan Wicklum regarding why he took the job and his vision for the organization.


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