Hydrogen 101:
Challenges and opportunities of hydrogen as a zero-emission energy carrier

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

11am – 12pm MT

Presenter: Dr. David Layzell, Energy Systems Architect, The Transition Accelerator

Moderator: Mark Lea-Wilson, Edmonton Region Hydrogen HUB Lead, The Transition Accelerator


There is an important conversation happening right now in Alberta and across the country about the role of hydrogen in our zero-emission future. With new projects and pilots announced seemingly every week, and debates about production techniques and distribution methods happening every day, it’s all too easy for even those of us who live and breathe hydrogen to get lost in the weeds of technical documents and economic analysis.

That’s why we’re taking a step back to review the fundamentals. On March 14, Dr. David Layzell, the Energy Systems Architect for the Transition Accelerator and one of Canada’s leading experts on the hydrogen value chain, will walk us through Hydrogen 101, explaining why hydrogen has captured the attention of industry and policymakers. Using the latest independent research and analysis, this webinar will provide a solid foundation for thinking strategically about hydrogen and its uses—the kind of foundation that’s essential to any productive conversation about our future clean-energy system.

Hydrogen 101 is the first of four webinars hosted by Dr. Layzell to provide a high-level understanding of the hydrogen opportunity. After this general introduction, he will be discussing hydrogen’s role in transportation in June, heating applications in September, and hydrogen exports in December. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter for registration details for those future sessions.

Previous Webinars

Pipelines vs Powerlines: The Economics of Energy Distribution

Pipelines vs Powerlines: The Economics of Energy Distribution

December 13, 2022

The cost and reliability of energy transport and storage infrastructure is a crucial issue in the energy industry, with implications for energy access, affordability, the environment and public safety. Australia’s GPA Engineering analysed the cost of energy transport and storage across a range of different gas and electricity infrastructure options and found that, across a wide range of scenarios, newly constructed pipelines are more cost-effective than newly constructed electricity transmission infrastructure at transporting energy by a wide margin.
Critical Steps Towards Canadian Net-Zero Industrial Strategy

Critical Steps Towards Canadian Net-Zero Industrial Strategy

November 15, 2022

Canada’s trading partners and competitors are using industrial policy to position their firms in rapidly forming global value chains. Canada needs to take a strategic approach to seize economic opportunities and develop the technologies and firms we need to reach net-zero. This presentation will draw on international case studies to distill key principles and best practices for Canadian net-zero industrial strategy.
Join Bentley Allan, research director for the Transition Accelerator, for an introduction to this vital topic. A Q&A will follow.
Towards Zero-Emission HD Trucks in Alberta: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Commitments

Towards Zero-Emission HD Trucks in Alberta: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Commitments

September 27, 2022

To assess transition strategies for the heavy-duty trucking industry and to make recommendations for policy and investment decisions by government and industry, report authors Zachary Redick, Dr. David Layzell, and Dr. Alexandre De Barros built a stock and flow model, which they combined with a vehicle kilometer travelled (VKT) model and an economic model to project scenarios to 2050 for the transition of HD vehicles to zero emission in Alberta.
Presented by the Alberta Motor Transport Association, AZETEC, The Transition Accelerator, and CESAR and the University of Calgary.