The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Atura Power to provide them with green hydrogen which will be produced at the Niagara Hydrogen Centre on the Niagara River.
Once complete, Atura Power’s Niagara Hydrogen Centre will feature a 20-megawatt electrolyzer system, making it Ontario’s largest green hydrogen facility. It is expected to be operational by the second half of 2024.
HOPA is investigating the use of green hydrogen from Atura Power to decarbonize both its operations and that of its customers.
Low-carbon hydrogen will be an important tool in the fight against climate change, indicates a release, adding Atura Power, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), supports the net-zero goals outlined in OPG’s Climate Change Plan.
Applications include: a low-carbon fuel substitute for feedstock in high-emitting industrial processes; blending hydrogen with natural gas to reduce its carbon impact; and decarbonizing the aviation, ground, rail and maritime transportation industries.
As one of 17 Canadian port authorities and the largest on the Great Lakes, HOPA operates facilities in Hamilton, Oshawa and Niagara.
“With facilities throughout southern Ontario, HOPA has the potential ability to store and distribute hydrogen for industrial and transportation uses as adoption increases,” said Ian Hamilton, HOPA president and CEO, in a statement. “HOPA is thrilled to be collaborating with Atura Power as a leader in this field, working together to accelerate decarbonization in the Great Lakes region.”