Canada and Germany strike green hydrogen wind farm deal

Canada and Germany will sign a deal on August 23 that will see the nations collaborate on a green hydrogen wind farm project led by World Energy GH2.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine plunged Germany’s energy security into turmoil, prompting the country to explore new deals to safeguard its energy mix. Germany has now struck a deal with Canada that will see the development of 164 onshore wind turbines that produce green hydrogen and ammonia for export. The wind farm will be developed in Newfoundland.

World Energy GH2 commented: “Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique geography, strong wind resource and proximity to large centres of demand will make it a globally competitive green hydrogen-producing region.”

Canada’s wind power potential

Wind power provides an array of benefits, including powering homes and businesses with clean and affordable electricity, creating jobs and economic growth, and mitigating climate change. Canada is perfectly positioned to capitalise on this market, possessing some of the best wind resources in North America, particularly offshore.

The Canadian Government is striving to make Atlantic Canada a global leader in offshore renewables. This groundbreaking green hydrogen wind farm project partnership with Germany is the latest initiative aiming to harness the country’s wind power.

Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change is visiting Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia this week to explore the development of offshore wind projects. Guilbeault will meet with Indigenous, environmental, fishing, academic, and industry organisations to discuss the projects.

Their input will support the preparation of the draft agreement(s) and associated terms of reference for the regional assessment, which will outline the goal, objectives, geographic boundaries, and planned outcomes of the project. The regional assessment will enable early analysis and discussion around wind farm development in these areas, including its potential environmental, health, social, and economic effects and benefits.

Steven Guilbeault commented: “Wind power is clean, it creates jobs, and it will be key to delivering affordable, reliable power to homes across the Atlantic. Working in close collaboration with our provincial partners, we are moving quickly to usher in a new era of wind development in Atlantic Canada. This regional assessment will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of future federal impact assessments for offshore wind energy projects in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.”

Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, concluded: “Blessed with strong winds and an expansive coastline, there are huge economic opportunities for both Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador to develop their wind energy capacity. We want to give investors the certainty they need to get projects underway as soon as possible.”

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