TES Canada, a subsidiary of the Belgian firm Tree Energy Solutions, has secured a massive energy block for a green hydrogen project in Shawinigan.
The project, valued at approximately $4 billion, aims to produce green hydrogen using wind and solar energy, marking a significant shift towards sustainable alternatives in heavy industries still reliant on fossil fuels.
The key highlight of this ambitious venture is the proposed investment in the construction of around a hundred wind turbines and a solar park to complement the energy needs of the green hydrogen production. The energy block obtained by TES Canada is estimated at 150 megawatts (MW), equivalent to about 30 times the power of the Bell Center, a renowned sports arena.
Green hydrogen, a crucial element in the project, is recognized as an alternative solution in heavy industries such as cement plants, aluminum plants, and steelworks. The process involves electrolysis of water, where an electric current, sourced from renewable energy like hydroelectricity, is used to extract hydrogen. TES Canada aims to cater this green hydrogen for use within Quebec, addressing the energy demands of key industries in the region.
The project, scheduled for commissioning in 2028, holds the promise of not only transforming the energy sector but also contributing to the regional economy. With the creation of approximately 200 permanent jobs after startup, the initiative aligns with the broader goal of fostering economic growth while embracing sustainable practices.