ITM Power has completed its techno-economic feasibility study for large-scale centralised production of renewable hydrogen in British Columbia (BC).
The study, led by ITM Power, was funded by the BC Government and was supported by G&S Budd Consulting Ltd. and partners Mitsui & Co., Chiyoda Corporation and BC Hydro.
The project commenced in April (2018) and has the potential to be one of the largest of its kind globally, with a total hydrogen electrolysis capacity of up to 300MW under consideration, to be used both domestically and for international export demand, specifically to California and Japan.
The study analysed over ten potential BC Hydro grid and private wire connected locations for practical installation and operational business cases for up to 300MW of electrolysis paired with liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology.
The results of the study will be used by ITM Power and the project supported to consider the installation of the facility in BC.
“ITM Power is pleased with the results of this feasibility study which highlights the BC region as one of the world’s best locations for the generation and export of large-scale renewable hydrogen,” said Steve Jones, Managing Director of ITM Power.
“The demand for renewable hydrogen is growing around the world and we look forward to continuing discussions on real world deployments.”
The study was based on using ITM Power’s PEM electrolyser technology and Chiyoda Corporation’s newly developed liquid organic hydrogen carrier, SPERA Hydrogen.
“Clean energy solutions like the possibility of BC generated hydrogen, will help protect the global environment while advancing our clean export priorities, which are crucial to driving strong economic activity,” said Hon. Bruce Ralston, British Columbia Minister for Jobs, Trade and Technology.