TORONTO — Atura Power, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG), is partnering with Hatch, an Ontario-based engineering, project management and professional services firm on a feasibility study for several hydrogen demonstration projects.
The partnership will lay the groundwork for low-carbon hydrogen production and the creation of regional hubs in Ontario, indicates an OPG release, adding “the development of a hydrogen economy using Ontario’s clean electricity to help meet climate change goals hinges in part on creating hydrogen hubs to co-locate hydrogen producers, infrastructure and users.”
The study looks at the feasibility of demonstration projects to progress hydrogen hubs at locations across Ontario.
Atura has ownership for the development of the new hydrogen-related business to progress the clean fuel solution from concept to practical, every-day use.
According to OPG, low-carbon hydrogen has the potential to reduce or offset emissions in a variety of applications, including to power fuel cells in vehicles, which could help replace diesel engines in the trucking industry; as an energy substitute for high-emitting industrial applications such as steel- and cement-making; and by blending hydrogen with natural gas to reduce carbon impact.
“Ontario’s clean electricity system ensures we are well-positioned to seize the economic and environmental benefits associated with hydrogen production and use,” said Ken Hartwick, OPG president and CEO in a statement. “Its role in enabling cleaner solutions, along with potential blending opportunities for hydrogen and natural gas, makes Atura Power the natural steward to lead this clean-energy opportunity from concept to reality.”