Initiative launched by Enbridge Gas and Hydrogenics is the first of its kind in North America
Submitted by Enbridge Inc.
Originally published by Enbridge
Hydrogen gas is not just colorless and odorless—it’s also an effective tool in the shift toward sustainable energy.
And it’s the foundation for a trailblazing partnership between Enbridge Gas Inc. and Hydrogenics (a Cummins Inc. company) designed to green the natural gas grid.
Today, Enbridge Gas and Hydrogenics announced a $5-million project which will blend renewable hydrogen gas into the existing Enbridge Gas natural gas network, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
This hydrogen-blending pilot project, supported by Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is the first of its kind in North America—and represents an important step in greening the gas supply that millions of Ontario homeowners and businesses depend on to heat their homes and energize industry.
The renewable hydrogen gas to be blended is currently produced at an existing utility-scale power-to-gas (P2G) facility in Markham, established in 2018 by Enbridge and Hydrogenics with financial support from the Canadian government.
“I applaud Enbridge for their leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through this home-grown hydrogen-blending project,” says Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks. “This kind of innovation and investment in clean, renewable energy programs aligns with the commitments in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan to combat climate change and help create a healthy and prosperous future for all Ontarians.”
Over the past two years, the Markham P2G facility has been converting excess energy from renewable sources into hydrogen gas, using electrolysis. The facility has been used by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to balance electricity supply and demand—and it’s proven an effective solution to the challenge of storing the province’s surplus electrical energy using existing pipeline infrastructure.
“Zero-carbon hydrogen can play a role in Ontario’s shift to lower‐carbon, sustainable energy solutions, and is an important example of investments Enbridge Gas is making across multiple markets to green the natural gas grid while continuing to meet the demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy,” says Cynthia Hansen, Enbridge's Executive Vice President and President, Gas Distribution and Storage.
This hydrogen blending pilot project will allow Enbridge Gas to initially provide blended gas distribution service to about 3,600 customers in Markham in fall 2021, abating up to 117 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere.
If successful, this project will help Enbridge Gas pursue additional and larger-scale hydrogen blending activities in other parts of its distribution system.
Enbridge Gas is helping to drive Ontario’s transition to a clean energy future through investments in clean energy opportunities across multiple markets—not just via hydrogen, but also renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from organic waste, which can also green the natural gas supply by displacing traditional natural gas and reducing emissions.
At Enbridge, our name spells out our mission: a bridge to a sustainable energy future. That bridge safely connects millions of people around the world to the energy they rely on every day, fueling quality of life. Whether it’s natural gas, oil or renewable power, the energy we deliver through networks spanning North America and our growing European offshore wind portfolio helps to heat homes, feed families, fuel vehicles and power industry. We’re investing in modern energy infrastructure to sustain access to secure, affordable energy. We’re also building on two decades of experience in renewable energy to advance new low-carbon energy technologies including hydrogen, renewable natural gas and carbon capture and storage. We’re committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the energy we deliver, and to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Enbridge’s common shares trade under the symbol ENB on the Toronto (TSX) and New York (NYSE) stock exchanges. To learn more, visit us at Enbridge.com
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