Harnessing the power of hydrogen in Canada

Canada’s largest hydrogen blending project will soon be under construction in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada, injecting up to 5% hydrogen by volume into a section of the city’s residential natural gas distribution network to approximately 5,000 customers.

The milestone project will be led by Canadian Utilities, a member of the ATCO Group of companies. Involved in innovation focused on sustainability and carbon reduction for many years, Canadian Utilities has now identified hydrogen as the pathway to reuse and decarbonise Canada’s gas energy infrastructure, pioneering the clean energy solutions’ tremendous potential.

“Blending hydrogen into natural gas reduces the greenhouse gas intensity of the natural gas stream, as the combustion of hydrogen emits only water. Affordably decarbonising the production of heat is a critical component to achieving Canada’s long-term emissions and energy goals, particularly in our cold climate,” George Lidgett, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of Canadian Utilities told H2 View.

Recognising the enormous potential for the first-of-its-kind project, Emissions Reduction Alberta, a government organisation created to deliver on the Province’s environmental and economic goals, rallied behind the project and awarded Canadian Utilities with $2.8m of funding – approximately half of the amount required to move forward.

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