World Energy green hydrogen project site to host Trudeau, Scholz, German corporate leaders Aug. 23
World Energy and its renewable hydrogen business unit World Energy GH2 announced that the site of their new renewable hydrogen production and distribution project, Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, will host Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accompanied by key cabinet ministers Aug. 23. Trudeau and Scholz will be on hand to commit their countries to a historic accord to accelerate the growth of green hydrogen, a new source of clean, transportable renewable fuel made from wind and water, of which World Energy says it is on pace to become one of the first large-scale global suppliers.
Also joining World Energy at the event will be a wide swath of Germany’s corporate leaders including:
Werner Baumann, CEO, Bayer AG
Christian Bruch, President and CEO, Siemens Energy AG
Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen Group AG
Ola Källenius, CEO, Mercedes-Benz Group AG
Burkhard Lohr, CEO, K&S AG
Lena Lüneburger, general manager, Werkzeugbau Ruhla GmbH
Philipp Maracke, CEO, FSG-Nobiskrug
Klaus-Dieter Maubach, CEO, Uniper SE
Siegfried Russwurm, member of the managing board, Siemens AG
Jens Meier, Chairman and CEO, Hamburg Port Authority
Cathrin Wilhelm, CEO, BINZ Automotive
Ralf Wintergerst, chairman and CEO, Giesecke+Devrient
Leaders and proponents of other large-scale renewable hydrogen initiatives in Atlantic Canada including those from Pattern Energy, Northland Power, Brookfield, Belledune, Everwind, Buckeye, Evolugen, Source3, H2One and Fortescue will also be in attendance. It will be the largest gathering of its type ever assembled, according to World Energy, and will mark the birth of an important new industry. The Qalipu First Nation, the Miawpukek First Nation and other local Indigenous communities will also be participating.
In June, World Energy initiated one of the world’s first and biggest projects in the nascent global push for green hydrogen. Capturing Atlantic Canada’s vast wind energy to split water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen through a process called electrolysis, World Energy GH2 plans to ship resulting hydrogen to global markets starting in 2024, thereby bottling the wind to deliver clean renewable power at scale to where it is needed, most anywhere in the world.
“We have a moral imperative to act,” said Gene Gebolys, World Energy CEO. “Our closest allies urgently need new sources of renewable fuels, and the world needs to make faster and better progress in developing viable alternatives to fossil fuels at scale.”
John Risley, chairman of World Energy, added, “This project demonstrates what can happen when leaders come together to take real action. We will accelerate the delivery of green hydrogen to global markets because it is so desperately needed. This project highlights the level of innovation, speed, coordination and commitment needed to commercialize the solutions that will make net zero real and achieve genuine results to combat climate change. Our project will serve as a catalyst for other green hydrogen projects in Atlantic Canada and around the world. We’re committed to working with local communities to build a project we’ll all be proud of.”
Word Energy GH2’s project is called Nujio’qonik, meaning “where the sand blows” in the language of the area’s Indigenous peoples. The project will harness Atlantic Canada’s wind resources, which are among the best in the world, to produce 3 gigawatts of renewable power to drive the electrolysis of water to generate more than 250,000 metric tons of hydrogen. Green hydrogen can be used to drive decarbonization in hard-to-abate sectors such as steelmaking, aviation and agriculture. The project is expected to deliver 1,800 direct construction jobs, 300 direct operations jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs.
World Energy GH2’s Project Nujio'qonik is a consortium of Canadian partners investigating the feasibility of the construction and operation of cost-effective green hydrogen/ammonia from wind power in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Project Nujio’qonik will be Canada’s first commercial green hydrogen/ammonia producer created from 3-plus gigawatts of wind energy in one of the world’s best wind resource regions.