Hydrogenics Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen fuel cell modules has received an order from Air Liquide Canada to design, build and install a 20megawatt electrolyser system for a hydrogen production facility located in Canada.

The facility is expected to be in commercial operation by the end of 2020, with an output of just under 3,000 tonnes of hydrogen annually. 

The 20MW plant will use Hydrogenics’ advanced large-scale PEM electrolysis technology, offering the smallest footprint and highest power density in the industry.

Air Liquide to construct PEM electrolyser for carbon-free hydrogen.

“We are very pleased to have been selected by Air Liquide for this large-scale deployment of our world-leading PEM electrolysis technology,” said Daryl Wilson, Hydrogenics’ President and CEO.

“With over 500 active electrolysers currently in operation globally, we continue to maintain a strong leadership position in the industry.”

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Hydrogen production stories don’t get much better than this, surely? Renewable hydrogen, yes generated by electrolysis and therefore electricity, but via hydroelectric power and not the conventional grid. What’s not to like?

This is exactly the kind of project we’re going to need to proliferate if the world is to realise its greener ambitions and the many-splintered hydrogen economy is to be a key component in achieving that as hoped.

According to the World Energy Council, hydropower is the leading renewable source for electricity generation globally, supplying as much as 71% of all renewable electricity. In terms of the bigger picture, at around 1,064 GW of installed capacity in 2016, it also generated just over 16% of the world’s electricity from all sources.

Further still, hydropower is regarded as the most flexible and consistent of the renewable energy resources, capable of meeting base load electricity requirements as well as meeting peak and unexpected demand, with the addition of pumped storage technology.

Allied with the potential of hydrogen to clean up and diversify our energy future, and that’s one strong value proposition to take forward. What Hydrogenics and Air Liquide Canada are talking about here is a 20MW plant that will use the former’s advanced large-scale PEM electrolysis technology, offering the smallest footprint and highest power density in the industry – making it an even more formidable proposition.

There’s an acceptance now that hydrogen’s time has come, that it is moving beyond the chicken and egg scenario, that it’s passed the critical crossroads it faced. If it’s arrived with renewable projects such as these too, then that’s good news for us all.

“Hydrogenics was the first-to-market with scalable PEM electrolysis, and this order builds upon recent successes and milestones – including the commissioning, in 2018, of North America’s first megawatt-scale Power-to-Gas facility.”

“We’re excited to support Air Liquide’s hydrogen needs in Canada, particularly in a renewable hydrogen application utilising hydroelectric power,” Wilson concluded.

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