Enbridge Gas and Cummins are developing a $5.2m project to pilot the blending of renewable hydrogen produced at the Markham, Ontario-located power-to-gas facility, into a portion of the existing natural gas network.
Thought to be the first of its kind in North America, the hydrogen-blending project will be carried out with support of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (STDC) and hopes to serve approximately 3,600 Markham-based customers in 2021.
With the highly anticipated release of Canada’s Hydrogen Strategy on the horizon, the commitment could not come at a better time, and represents a successful step forward in Ontario’s transition to a clean energy future.
If successful, the project will help Enbridge Gas in pursuing additional and larger scale hydrogen blending activities in other parts of its distribution system.
“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 is making across multiple markets to green the natural gas grid while continuing to meet the demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy,” said Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice-President and President of Gas Distribution and Storage at Enbridge.
“This Power-to-Gas project will demonstrate the potential of renewable hydrogen produced by electrolysers to reduce carbon in the natural gas system,” Amy Adams, Vice-President of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies at Cummins added.
“This is an example of how Cummins provides our customers with energy solutions, whether that is bringing lower carbon solutions to our roads or to our homes. Cummins continues to partner and invest to succeed in the world’s energy transformation to the hydrogen economy.”
Further supporting the project, Bill Walker, Associate Minister of Energy for the Ontario Government, said, “Today’s announcement is great news for Ontario families and businesses in the Markham area.”
“I’m excited to see the results of this innovative renewable hydrogen pilot project, which has the potential to play an important role in our province’s energy future. Our government is proud to support the use of clean, reliable and affordable energy sources.”