Enbridge Gas and Cummins $5.2M Hydrogen-blending pilot project begins operation

Jan. 19, 2022
The project is projected to eliminate 117 tons of CO2 emissions annually

Enbridge Gas and on-site power equipment maker Cummins have started operations on their joint venture hydrogen blending project in Canada.

The project, with support from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and NGIF Capital Corporation, serves the Markham community. The $5.2 million pilot project involves an enhancement to the Markham Power-to-Gas facility, built by an Enbridge-Cummins joint venture.

Under the project, clean hydrogen is being injected into part of the existing natural gas system at the facility and serves about 3,600 customers in Markham, Ontario. Blending hydrogen with natural helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will help eliminate up to 117 tons of CO2 emissions annually and move the city closer to its objective of net-zero emissions by 2050. If successful, Enbridge Gas will be in a position to pursue large-scale hydrogen-blending activities.

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 "Zero-carbon hydrogen is now playing a role in Ontario's shift to lower–carbon, sustainable energy solutions and is an important example of the investments Enbridge Gas is making across multiple markets to green the natural gas grid while continuing to meet the demand for safe, reliable and affordable energy." Cynthia Hansen, Executive Vice President & President, Gas Distribution & Storage.

"Enbridge Gas' hydrogen-blending pilot project is an excellent example of the type of innovation the Canadian Gas Association aimed to advance when we created the Natural Gas Innovation Fund several years ago. We are excited to see this groundbreaking project come to life. By leveraging our world-class energy delivery infrastructure, Enbridge Gas is advancing the development and use of renewable gas that will support innovation, and make meaningful emission reductions, all while continuing to meet customers' needs for affordable and reliable energy." Timothy M. Egan, President & CEO, Canadian Gas Association and Chair, NGIF Capital Corporation

Initially, through this project, Enbridge Gas will provide a maximum hydrogen blended content of up to 2% by volume of the natural gas supplied to approximately 3,600 customers in the city in the third quarter of 2021.