Governments worldwide are committed to the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology due to their ability to greatly reduce the emission of carbon dioxide and play a major role in tackling global warming. With a finite supply of hydrocarbon resources, yet demand for hydrocarbon fuels increasing (particularly in China, India and other developing countries), governments are looking to develop cleaner alternative fuel sources such as hydrogen.
Initially, it is expected that hydrogen and fuel cell deployments will be focused in selected clusters. They will then be gradually extended and interlinked, both nationally and internationally, when a market-driven infrastructure unfolds.
To successfully implement this industry-changing technology in automotive applications and build Canada’s future automotive manufacturing capability, further collaboration is required between industry, suppliers, governments and research institutes. Some specific examples of this collaboration and how government can be of assistance include:
- Joint investments in automotive fuel cell pilot manufacturing infrastructure;
- Partnered technology research at government research institutes;
- Investments in hydrogen infrastructure development (including incentives and demonstration projects, particularly for renewable H2);
- The elimination of taxes on hydrogen production or distribution;
- Regulating energy companies to ensure a portion of fuel sales are hydrogen; and
- Vehicle purchase incentives through tax credits or rebates;
Enhancing our already strong Canadian fuel cell technology and manufacturing capability will strengthen the economy, create quality jobs, enhance the environment and provide energy security.