A focus on R&D: Enbridge announces hydrogen blending study with provincial government, carbon capture and storage assessment with Geoscience BC
Submitted by Enbridge Inc.
Some might not be aware of the considerable work unfolding so the energy transition can happen safely and seamlessly.
Important tools like carbon capture and storage (CCS), or adding hydrogen to the energy mix, can’t just happen with the collective snap of our fingers, unfortunately.
In reality, developing a low-carbon economy requires collaboration and a commitment to research and development—exactly like two significant initiatives just announced in British Columbia. Both projects involve energy transition leader Enbridge.
On the hydrogen front, we announced funding for a hydrogen blending study to examine how natural gas mixed with hydrogen can be transported safely and reliable using existing natural gas transportation infrastructure, such as our Westcoast natural gas pipeline system, the primary natural gas transmission system in BC.
The British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mine and Low Carbon Innovation is contributing, and FortisBC Energy, owner-operator of gas transmission and distribution assets in the province, is also undertaking a study of its own. Depending on results, the respective work could help inform development of a commercial hydrogen market in the province.
“We are working hard to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon intensity of the energy we transport,” Cynthia Hansen, Enbridge’s Executive Vice President and President of Gas Transmission and Midstream, said today in a joint Enbridge and FortisBC news release.
“One way we’re doing this is by using our existing energy infrastructure to transport low-carbon forms of energy such as hydrogen. This important study will play a critical role in determining how existing energy infrastructure can be used to transport hydrogen and how we can continue to work to advance the energy transition.”
Hydrogen can be produced with low emissions (in the case of blue hydrogen) or no emissions (in the case of green hydrogen). When used to produce heat or electrical power, it emits only water vapor and air.
There are multiple practical benefits from leveraging existing pipeline networks, and blended hydrogen can be used for heating homes and businesses, as a transportation fuel substitute and for industrial purposes like metal refining, food processing and fertilizer manufacturing.
On the carbon capture and storage front, Geoscience BC announced on Tuesday that it’s bringing together a consortium of government, industry (including Enbridge) and other partners for the first phase of a Central Interior Geological CCS Assessment program.
The project will compile existing geoscience information on the extensive Nechako Basin, focusing south-southwest of Prince George and providing carbon sequestration insights along the Highway 16 corridor west to Houston, BC.
The area hosts several current greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters and has the potential for new technologies such as hydrogen production that require future carbon storage.
Enbridge is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve its goal of being net zero by 2050. And as the two initiatives above attest, we’re re also interested in working with those who have similar goals.
(TOP PHOTO: Enbridge natural gas pipelines along our Westcoast transmission system, which has served as the backbone of British Columbia’s natural gas industry since 1957).
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.
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