The NSERC Hydrogen Canada (H₂CAN) Strategic Research Network is a truly pan-Canadian research network, grouping 29 leading researchers including 8 NSERC chair holders, 5 specialized university research centers from 14 universities and 5 government laboratories located in 7 different provinces. The network includes internationally recognized scientists and engineers whose activities cover all aspects of the scientific program. The research activities are divided into three themes, Production and Purification, Storage and Infrastructure & Safety.

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In September 2008, NSERC awarded $5 million in research funds to H₂CAN for five years. This amount is leveraged at a ratio of 4:1 through related R&D activities by network researchers and facilities currently available at participating institutions. Total industrial partners contributions represent 50% of the overall network budget.


Help Canada maintaining a global leadership in a core technology of the 21st century by generating a critical mass in terms of resources, effort and competencies to address and resolve some of the remaining technical barriers to the introduction and commercialization of hydrogen energy technologies.


Our Scientific Program strives to address both the short term goals of Industry (lowering costs by improving current technologies) and its long term goals (technology innovation: development of new processes and new materials) by:

  • Innovation

    Improving and developing cleaner sustainable methods to produce pure, high quality hydrogen at lower cost either from waste or renewable resources.

  • Vision

    Increasing the energy density of hydrogen applications by improving and developing storage strategies that are practical and economical for both near and long term applications.

  • Safety

    Developing efficient and safe infrastructure strategies to facilitate the deployment of hydrogen energy technologies.


The training of highly qualified people (HQPs) is one of the most important activities of the network with approximately 65% of the network grant funding targeted to support HQPs. By involving HQPs in cutting edge research, ensuring relevance through industrial internships, and broadening their experience through exchange programs, the Network will ensure the training of the next generation innovators who will shape the future of hydrogen technologies.

media and publications
here you can find our latest news and announcements
Hydrogen Age and ISO/TC 197

Q&A of our Managing Director to the ISO Focus magazine that was published in September 2013, both English and French versions. ISOfocus sits down with Dr. Andrei Tchouvelev, the new Chair of ISO/TC 197, Hydrogen technologies, to discuss thought-provoking ideas about the future of hydrogen and the most pressing challenges for standards.
ISO Focus English →
ISO Focus French →

The 20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014

The Committee of WHEC 2014 and IAHE, cordially invite all members of the IAHE and interested professors and students to the 20th World Hydrogen Conference 2014, which will be held in Gwangju Metropolitan City, Korea from June 15 - 20, 2014.WHEC2014 will host more than 3,000 attendees from more than 60 countries. WHEC 2014 gives participants, exhibitors, and sponsors numerous opportunities to share and exchange scientific information with global leaders in the business, government, and scientific communities as well as enjoy our Korean hospitality and friendship.
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MSc course in Hydrogen Safety Engineering at Ulster

HySAFER Centre is delighted to announce the International Association for Hydrogen Safety bursaries for the MSc course in Hydrogen Safety Engineering at Ulster. This postgraduate course can be studied fully online. The bursaries will be awarded to students to study the course part time for 3 years, i.e. September 2014 to May 2017. Preference will be given to applicants whose employers are members of IA HySafe. Potential applicants should contact Mrs Heather Griffiths () for an application form. Early application is strongly advised.
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PhD studies in University of Ulster

University of Ulster is inviting applicants for doctoral studies at the HySAFER Center.Topics →
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European Technical School on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

TS2014 will take place in Crete (Greece) from 23 to 27 June 2014. Tentative programme and application form can be found at the TS2014 webpage.Tentative programme →

Remise de prix honorifiques institutionnels - UQTR

La qualité des travaux du professeur Kodjo Agbossou, notamment dans les domaines de l’intégration des systèmes de production, de stockage d’énergie sous forme d’hydrogène et de génération d’énergie électrique, a été soulignée par l’octroi du Prix d’excellence en recherche. Œuvrant au sein de l’Institut de recherche sur l’hydrogène et du Groupe de recherche en électronique industrielle, M. Agbossou est notamment auteur ou coauteur de quatre brevets, dont deux sont exploités en entreprise. L’excellence de sa production scientifique lui vaut la reconnaissance de ses pairs, jusque sur la scène internationale.
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Hydrogen Storage Technology : Materials and Applications

Please find attached a one-page flyer for the Hydrogen Storage book put together by CRC Press. This book contains contributions from H2CAN researchers. Contact Prof. Pierre Benard , Hydrogen Research Institute, UQTR. There is a savings coupon that takes 20% off the book price.
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International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 2015)

The 6th International Conference on Hydrogen Safety (ICHS 2015) will be held in Tokyo, Japan on October 14-17, 2015 under the auspices of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe). The first five biennal conferences since 2005 succeeded in attracting the most relevant experts from all over the world, by providing an open platform for the presentation and discussion of new findings, information and data on hydrogen safety, covering the wide range of areas from basic research to applied research and development to standardization and regulations.
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past events
H₂CAN Conference Winnipeg 2010
H₂CAN Meet
Tecnicos Canadieneses
HQP Montreal
HQP Montreal
HQP Montreal
Whistler 2011
Posters H₂CAN
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Hydrogen Research Institute

University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres

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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec


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