Bruce Power Takes Leadership Role in Building Canada's Hydrogen Economy
Bruce Power announced today that it will become the first electricity generating company in Canada to become a Sustaining Member of the Canadian Hydrogen Association (CHA).
In addition, President and Chief Executive Officer Duncan Hawthorne will join the CHA Board of Directors and intends to bring an electricity generator and public/private partnership perspective to the table.
"I see this as an opportunity to help ensure Canada will be a leader when, in the future, the only emissions vehicles produce are a few drops of water," Hawthorne said. "To do this, we need to ensure that long-term strategies to increase generation of clean electricity are aligned with strategies to produce clean hydrogen."
Hawthorne said there is a direct link between nuclear energy and hydrogen, an emissions-free fuel which could be produced using electricity from nuclear plants during off-peak hours. Following the restart of Bruce A Units 1 and 2, it is estimated the output from Bruce Power alone could produce enough hydrogen to fuel more than half of the vehicles in Ontario if they were powered by hydrogen.
"It is important that Ontario look at our electricity needs over the next 20 years, but we must also think longer term and look at building a firm foundation for a hydrogen economy in the next four decades," Hawthorne said. "I believe Bruce Power, as Ontario's only private nuclear operator, can play a leadership role in developing this exciting technology."
Alexander (Sandy) Stuart, Chairman of the CHA, welcomed Bruce Power to the Association, which supports hydrogen as an enabling fuel source for new technologies such as fuel cells.
"By deploying sustainable hydrogen energy systems Canada will no longer need to expand its use of fossil fuels for Canadian energy services," Stuart said. "Canada needs visionary companies like Bruce Power to drive this realizable hydrogen agenda."
Since 2001, Bruce Power has been a leader in the production of clean electricity, increasing its output by nearly 60 per cent. Had that power been produced by fossil fuels instead of nuclear, another 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide would have been emitted into the atmosphere.
Bruce Power is also a strategic investor in General Hydrogen and its partners are 50 per cent owners of Huron Wind, Ontario's first commercial wind farm.
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