By Cameron Chai
Hydrogenics, a company that produces hydrogen and other fuel cell products, has declared that it has collaborated with Enbridge, an energy transporting company, to develop North America’s utility scale energy storage. Through this partnership, the experience of Hydrogenics in water electrolysis and Enbridge’s expertise in owning and operating renewable energy production and natural gas pipeline systems will be brought together.
During the power- to - gas conversion, the excess hydrogen produced will be introduced into the already present natural gas pipeline system, which can bear minute quantities of hydrogen. This hydrogen introduced will produce a significant positive effect on the storage capacity of energy.
The utility scale energy storage takes advantage from the present natural gas pipeline and storage assets to allow better operability for the electrical system. Furthermore, there is an enhancement in economics by using the gas generators to bring back renewable energy whenever necessary.
First, the companies will deploy utility scale energy storage in Ontario and then to other places where Enbridge is operational in North America.
Hydrogenics offers fuel cells, hydrogen production and other services to the international markets including clean energy and other developing industrial sectors. The Ontario based company operates in Europe and North America as well.
Enbridge focuses on power transmission, midstream and transmission businesses and gathering natural gas. The company is one of the largest natural gas distributors in Canada and distributes gas to Quebec, New Brunswick, New York and Ontario.