The $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 is needed.
Through this project, clean hydrogen from the facility is now also being injected into a portion of the Enbridge Gas natural gas system serving about 3,600 customers in Markham, Ontario.
The project will eliminate up to 117 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, moving the City of Markham further toward its objective of net zero emissions by 2050.
If successful, the project will help Enbridge Gas 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.
“The effective utilization of hydrogen is a critical part of our government’s plan to lower emissions across Canada. This initiative highlights the significant opportunities associated with clean hydrogen as well as the innovative technologies being developed by companies operating in Canada’s energy sector. I look forward to seeing the deployment of similar and scaled initiatives going forward,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources.