Enbridge’s hydrogen blending project is now operational

This $5.2 million blending pilot project includes upgrades to Markham’s existing Power-to-Gas facility. Image courtesy of Enbridge.

Enbridge Gas Inc. and project partner Cummins Inc. said North America’s first hydrogen blending initiative is fully operational and serving the town of Markham, Canada.

Enbridge Gas now has the ability to deliver blended gas, clean hydrogen injected into the natural gas distribution network to reduce the carbon footprint of the fuel, to approximately 3,600 customers in Markham.

The renewable hydrogen gas now available for blending is produced at Enbridge’s existing Power-to-Gas facility in Markham, established in 2018 by Enbridge and Cummins with financial support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), l Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and NGIF Capital Corporation.

Through this pilot project, Enbridge Gas will initially supply a maximum blended hydrogen content of up to 2% by volume of natural gas supplied to approximately 3,600 customers in Markham, Ontario, beginning in 3Q21, eliminating up to 117 tonnes of CO2 per year of the atmosphere. , the two companies said.

The pilot project will not affect the standard market cost of natural gas.

This $5.2 million blending pilot project includes upgrades to Markham’s existing Power-to-Gas facility, which was built by an Enbridge-Cummins joint venture in 2018 to help balance supply and demand power plant by storing the province’s excess electricity in the form of pure hydrogen until it is needed.

The plant has also proven its potential as a solution to the challenge of storing the province’s excess electrical energy using Enbridge’s existing gas pipeline infrastructure or in the form of pure hydrogen, which can then be converted back into electricity. , Enbridge said.

“Carbon-free hydrogen is now playing a role in Ontario’s transition to a sustainable, low-carbon energy solution. This is an important example of the investments Enbridge Gas is making in multiple markets to green the natural gas system while continuing to meet demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy,” said Cynthia Hansen, vice -Executive Chairman and President of Enbridge Gas Distribution and Storage.

The success of the pilot project positions Enbridge Gas to validate and pursue larger-scale hydrogen blending activities in other parts of its distribution system, building capacity for made-in-Ontario clean energy solutions , Enbridge said.

“Projects like this demonstrate that the energy transition is accelerating rapidly, driving North America’s green hydrogen economy, and paving the way for wide-scale adoption,” said Amy Adams, Vice President of Cummins for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies. “Cummins is proud to leverage its electrolyser technology to support Ontario’s zero carbon goals and provide cleaner, greener energy to residents.

On October 29, 2020, the Ontario Energy Board approved an application from Enbridge Gas for a project to use the Markham Power-to-Gas facility as a pilot project to test hydrogen blending renewable energy into the existing natural gas grid, thereby reducing greenhouse effects. gas emission.

Enbridge Gas is Canada’s largest natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company and is based in Ontario. Cummins Inc. manufactures diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains and powertrain-related components. He is based in Columbus, Indiana.

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