A U.K. based company is going to look at the potential for large-scale production of renewable hydrogen energy in B.C. in a study that will begin this spring.
The province is providing $230,000 to the study, with $60,000 in kind from B.C. Hydro, and if results are positive, United Kingdom’s ITM Power will consider building a pilot plant in B.C.
Hydrogen energy can be used to power passenger vehicles, buses, trucks, trains, ships and planes.
The study will explore the feasibility of hydrogen production and export for use in B.C., Japan and California.
“This technology has the potential to make British Columbia a major player in the worldwide hydrogen economy,” Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Michelle Mungall said in a release.
“This project is a clear indicator that, as we move toward a strong, sustainable energy future, B.C.’s renewable and innovative clean energy resources make us an attractive destination for global investment.”
The province says demand for hydrogen is increasing to fuel low-carbon energy needs.