Green hydrogen from Hydro-Quebec to be used in biofuels production

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December 9 (Renewables Now) - Canadian utility Hydro-Quebec plans to build a 90-MW electrolyser that will produce green hydrogen and sell it to a new biofuel plant in the Greater Montreal area.

Hydro-Quebec will be the sole owner of the electrolysis plant, planning to invest about CAD 200 million (USD 156.5m/EUR 129m) in the project, it said on Tuesday. The facility will be capable of producing around 11,100 tonnes of green hydrogen with electricity sourced from the company’s hydropower stations.

The so-called Recyclage Carbone Varennes (RCV) plant will use the hydrogen coming from Hydro-Quebec as a gasification agent to convert non-recyclable waste into biofuels. The complex, to be located in Varennes, will be installed by a tie-up of Enerkem, Shell, Suncor and Proman at a cost of over CAD 680 million.

Apart from producing almost 125 million litres of low carbon-intensive fuel a year, the RCV partners’ goal is also to produce renewable chemicals. The site will use residual materials and wood waste from landfills and will deploy Enerkem’s thermochemical technology.

(CAD 1.0 = USD 0.782/EUR 0.645)

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