Hydrogen in remote communities: Opportunities and barriers for displacing diesel in British Columbia

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Date created: 
2022-03-23
Identifier: 
etd21890
Keywords: 
Hydrogen
Remote
Communities
Diesel
First Nations
Off-grid
British Columbia
Abstract: 

Hydrogen has the potential to displace diesel in remote off-grid communities for electricity production in British Columbia. Through an analysis of literature, case studies, and expert interviews this study demonstrates the benefits of utilizing hydrogen, as well as the barriers that exist for its adoption. Hydrogen is a versatile fuel that produces no emissions at the point of use. Some examples of challenges hydrogen faces are the high cost of hydrogen technologies, limited access to funding for remote communities, the risk of new technology, and limited local capacity for operations and maintenance. This study concludes with several policy recommendations. First, a Hydrogen Grant Program should be implemented with funding from the federal and provincial government. After this, three other policies should be implemented in priority order: 1) Training Programs for hydrogen system maintenance, 2) Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and 3) Reduction of Regulatory Uncertainty.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Supervisor(s): 
John Richards
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: School of Public Policy
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.P.P.
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