Enbridge Gas, in partnership with Cummins and with support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), the Canadian Gas Association (CGA), and NGIF Capital Corporation, has announced that a hydrogen-blending project is now fully operational and successfully serving the Markham, Ontario, Canada.
Hydrogen blending refers to injecting clean hydrogen into the delivered natural gas to reduce its carbon footprint.
This $5.2 million pilot blending project involves enhancements to the existing Markham Power-to-Gas facility, which was built through an Enbridge-Cummins joint venture in 2018 to help balance Ontario’s electricity supply and demand by storing the province’s surplus electricity as pure hydrogen until it’s needed.
Through this project, clean hydrogen from the facility is now also being injected into a portion of Enbridge Gas’ existing natural gas system serving about 3,600 customers in Markham. Blending hydrogen with traditional natural gas reduces greenhouse gas emissions, enabling lower carbon natural gas service delivery without impacting energy costs, reliability, or safety, Cummins said in news release.
This project will eliminate up to 117 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually, moving the City of Markham further toward its objective of net zero emissions by 2050.
Additionally, the pilot project’s success places Enbridge Gas in a position to validate and pursue larger-scale hydrogen-blending activities in other parts of its distribution system, strengthening the capacity for made-in-Ontario clean energy solutions.