The Role of Compressors in Canada’s Hydroelectric Future

Canada’s journey to net-zero integrates its abundant hydroelectric resources with cutting-edge compression technologies, revolutionizing the energy sector. Sauer’s advanced compressors power hydroelectric plants and improve hydrogen storage, driving the transition to green energy. Discover how our technology optimizes energy use and supports Canada’s emission reduction efforts, underscoring the role of advanced compression in a sustainable future.

Canada’s Hydroelectric Power: Fueling a Sustainable and Economic Future:

Hydroelectricity, which accounts for about 60% of Canada’s electricity, serves as the foundation of the country’s energy policy and sustainability goals. Canada is the second-largest producer of hydroelectric power globally, with facilities across provinces like Quebec, British Columbia, and Ontario that play a key role in emission reduction. The Canadian government’s commitment to a net-zero economy by 2050 is supported by a $40 billion investment in the clean electricity sector, including incentives like the 15% refundable Clean Electricity Investment Tax Credit (CE-ITC) for non-emitting electricity projects. These initiatives are designed to reduce costs, promote green energy, and anchor hydroelectric power in Canada’s sustainable development and job creation strategy, aligning with clean energy and CSR objectives.

Seizing the Strategic Advantage:

For companies operating in the hydroelectric sector or those contemplating entering this space, the array of federal incentives and the strategic importance of non-emitting power generation present a compelling case for investment in hydroelectric projects and associated technologies. It represents a unique opportunity to capitalize on the economic benefits of early adoption and to play a part in the global shift towards sustainable energy production.
Why it’s a smart business move:

  • Financial Viability: The combination of grants, tax credits, and financing options reduces the financial barriers to entry for hydroelectric projects, improving their overall economic viability.
  • Market Competitiveness: As global markets increasingly demand cleaner energy sources, companies that invest in hydroelectric power can enhance their competitive edge, access new markets, and meet sustainability criteria required by customers and partners.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Investing in hydroelectricity helps companies stay ahead of regulatory changes, reducing the risk of future carbon taxes and environmental regulations impacting business operations.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Transitioning to hydroelectric power aligns with corporate social responsibility goals, improving a company’s public image and appealing to environmentally conscious consumers, investors, and employees.


SAUER's 6000 series water-cooled compressor with modular design and up to 6 cylinders, enabling maximum performance even under the toughest conditions. The largest piston compressor in their class.
SAUER’s 6000 series water-cooled compressor with modular design and up to 6 cylinders, enabling maximum performance even under the toughest conditions.


Compressors for Clean Energy:

  • Energy Storage: Compressed air energy storage (CAES) is a promising technology for storing excess energy generated by hydroelectric plants. Compressors are integral to this process, enabling efficient energy storage and release, thus enhancing the flexibility and reliability of hydroelectric power generation.
  • Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS): For hydroelectric plants co-located with industrial facilities, compressors can support CCUS processes by compressing CO2 for transportation and storage. This is particularly relevant for facilities aiming to reduce their carbon footprint and for regions transitioning from fossil-fuel-based power generation to cleaner alternatives.
  • Hydrogen Production and Storage: Hydroelectric power can be used to produce green hydrogen through electrolysis, a process that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. Compressors then play a crucial role in hydrogen storage and transportation, compressing the hydrogen for storage in tanks or for distribution via pipelines.
  • Enhancing Operational Efficiency: Compressors contribute to the overall efficiency of hydroelectric plants by ensuring that all pneumatic systems operate optimally. This includes everything from cooling systems to emergency shutdown systems, which rely on compressed air for their operation.

As Canada continues to pave the way for a greener future, our company’s innovative compressor technologies are poised to play a significant role in this transition. By leveraging Canada’s hydroelectric potential and the government’s supportive framework, businesses can unlock new growth avenues, contribute to a sustainable environment, and forge a path toward a prosperous, net-zero world. Together, we can power the future with renewable energy and cutting-edge technology, embracing the transformative journey towards sustainability.

About Sauer Compressors Canada

Sauer Compressors Canada specializes in medium and high-pressure air and gas compressors for applications in general industry, petro-industry, commercial shipping, and the defense sector in the Canadian market.

Sauer Compressors are the global leader in the market for medium and high-pressure compressors, with pressures up to 7,000 psi, rated for continuous duty, and tested in the most demanding conditions to provide true 24/7 reliability. In addition to standard products, we offer customized solutions for our customers, OEMs, and companies that operate on a global stage.

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