The Ontario government has committed $5.9 million to fuel nine groundbreaking projects integrating hydrogen into the province’s electricity grid.
This strategic investment, facilitated by the Hydrogen Innovation Fund, aligns with Ontario’s vision for reliable, affordable, and clean electricity generation. The move aims to propel the province’s growth while fostering a sustainable energy landscape.
At the forefront of the funding allocation is Atura Power, securing $4.1 million for an ambitious project at the Halton Hills Generating Station (HHGS). This venture will blend hydrogen with natural gas, marking a significant milestone as the largest low-carbon hydrogen blending project connected to the grid in Canadian history. Leveraging excess water from Niagara Falls, the Niagara Hydrogen Centre will contribute to this groundbreaking initiative.
The funding extends to eight additional projects, reflecting the government’s commitment to diverse approaches in embracing hydrogen technology. Key initiatives include Capital Power’s exploration of blending hydrogen with natural gas and studying low-carbon hydrogen production feasibility. HydroMéga Services will assess the upgrade potential of an existing natural gas facility, while York University delves into retrofitting gas turbine generators and modeling low-carbon hydrogen facilities across Ontario.
Western University has secured $498,000 to develop a demonstration site evaluating solar-generated and biogas-generated hydrogen. Volta Energy in Toronto is exploring the potential of reversible solid oxide hydrogen cells technology. The Transition Accelerator in Hamilton will receive funds for research on the economic readiness of the region to become a hub for hydrogen investment.
This funding aligns with Ontario’s broader Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy, signifying a comprehensive commitment to diversify the energy supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Hydrogen Innovation Fund, established in February 2023, is poised to invest $15 million over the next three years. The goal is to catalyze and develop opportunities for hydrogen integration into Ontario’s clean electricity system, emphasizing hydrogen electricity storage.
Government officials, including Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, and Andrea Khanjin, Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks, underscored the importance of these projects in aligning with the low-carbon hydrogen strategy. The investment not only supports economic growth but also positions Ontario as a trailblazer in environmental stewardship for future generations.