Canadian utility planning hydrogen power generation project

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A Florida-based company is partnering with a Canadian electric utility on a hydrogen production system to provide power in the New Brunswick province.

Joi Scientific and New Brunswick Power will work together on deployment of Joi Scientific’s Hydrogen 2.0 production system at multiple distribution stations, according to a Joi press release. The plan is to combine the hydrogen-fired generation with wind turbines, hydro and nuclear power to create a net-zero carbon operation.

The Hydrogen 2.0 technology, as described by Joi Scientific, liberates hydrogen from untreated seawater, then through technical processes produces the source for electricity generation. New Brunswick Power operates on Canada’s east coast.

“NB Power has long been committed to investing in the sustainability of our province’s energy future. We are encouraged with the progress made to date on Hydrogen 2.0 and are looking forward to the next phase of co-development,” explained Gaëtan Thomas, President and CEO, NB Power. “Hydrogen 2.0 has the potential to provide a localized, on-demand hydrogen production capability which, when mixed with other renewable sources such as wind and hydro, gets us closer to our customers by delivering zero-carbon loads at lower cost and greater efficiency.”

The agreement between New Brunswick Power and Joi Scientific can move the Hydrogen 2.0 technology from laboratory to real-world operation if all goes well. Numerous other companies, including Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, has discussed shifting from natural gas-fired turbines to hydrogen system in coming years, since the latter does not produce carbon emissions.

Italian utility Enel completed the world's first hydrogen-fueled power station near Venice. The 12-MW Fusina station became operational in 2009.

New Brunswick Power provides electricity for more than 400,000 customers in the province. It gets 37 percent of its generation from renewable sources and is 74 percent carbon free when the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station is included.

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