Charbone Hydrogen signs MoU with Canadian paper mill to set up a Green H2 plant on location

June 23, 2022
Charbone will sell and distribute the green hydrogen produced in the Maritime provinces

Charbone Hydrogen has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with paper manufacturer Port Hawkesbury Paper, LP to establish Charbone’s first small-scale green hydrogen production facility in the Maritimes, Canada.

The facility will be on PHP’s eco-industrial park in Richmond County. Charbone will provide its expertise in the development of the modular and scalable facilities for green hydrogen production. The firm will work with local power producers to source renewable energy. Charbone will sell and distribute the green hydrogen produced in the Maritime provinces.

Additionally, the two firms intend to identify the best uses of hydrogen to benefit PHP’s park and other local projects. Focus will be on the reuse of process water to ensure circularity of the processes.

“Charbone is extremely pleased to develop its first project in the Maritimes with a strong local partner like PHP, which has a strong history of reducing waste and energy requirements and is proactive and supportive of a transformation to renewable energy, which could include green hydrogen for local uses,” said Dave B. Gagnon, Chairman and CEO of Charbone. “Charbone’s model of small-scale, modular and scalable regional hubs is receiving a lot of attention from the markets where we want to operate, as it is socially acceptable by the local community and the different stakeholders as it provides a solution to the transport and delivery limitations of hydrogen.”

“PHP is committed to facilitating a transition in Nova Scotia to a diversity of green energy futures. Charbone’s vision and capacity for timely building out small-scale green hydrogen production will bring value to the region and represent another tangible step on that journey; we are excited by the opportunity to further develop this concept,” said Bevan Lock, Mill Co-Manager at PHP.

Earlier this month, Charbone held a ceremonial "first shovel" at the construction site for its Phase 1 Sorel-Tracy hydrogen facility (pictured) in Quebec. It will be located along a stretch of the "Steel Highway" connecting numerous steel mills and process plants in the province.

The type of hydrogen to be produced at the Sorel-Tracy facility will be sold and distributed by Superior Propane, an exclusive partner to Charbone.