Energy storage specialist ITM Power has been awarded a grant to undertake a study to evaluate the large-scale production and use of renewable hydrogen (H2) in British Columbia and its export to Japan and California.

The UK-based company has received a grant from the British Columbia Government Ministries of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Jobs, Trade and Technology to undertake a Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study.

ITM Power said in the initial phase of the project it will undertake a techno-economic feasibility study for the large scale centralised production of renewable H2 in the province of British Columbia.

The clean energy company said, “Although the initial contract value of the feasibility study is relatively small, the project has the potential to be one of the largest of its kind globally, with total H2 electrolysis capacity of up to 300MW under consideration, to be used to supply both domestic and international export demand.”

“Although currently, this project does not sit within ITM Power’s opportunity pipeline, assuming a positive economic result of the feasibility study, a pilot plant will be considered for construction. Once fully financed, the contract value of the pilot plant will be added to ITM Power’s opportunity pipeline.”

The project team includes ITM Power, Chiyoda Corporation, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and G&S Budd Consulting Ltd. The project is due to commence in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, commented, “This exciting project is another example, not only of the recognition and attention that the potential of H2 energy storage is attracting internationally, but also of ITM Power’s global market leading technology and expertise necessary to support projects at this scale.”

Michelle Mungall, British Columbia’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, added, “This technology has the potential to make British Columbia a major player in the worldwide H2 economy. This project is a clear indicator that, as we move toward a strong, sustainable energy future, British Columbia’s renewable and innovative clean energy resources make us an attractive destination for global investment.”

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