Hydrogen plans pitch headed to West Kelowna Metropolis Council

On Tuesday, West Kelowna City Council will hear a pitch from Toronto-based GH Power on a proposed hydrogen plan in West Kelowna.

Plans were also proposed for Penticton last summer.

Company representatives are proposing that the plant be constructed in West Kelowna’s industrial area, at the corner of Shannon Lake Road and Bartley Road.

The presentation indicates that 15 to 16 jobs could be created if this plant was constructed.

“The development of a hydrogen powered economy is seen as one of the key pillars to achieving aggressive decarbonization targets in Canada and globally,” the company explains.

GH Power also says that hydrogen power has a projected market size of $2.5 trillion by 2050.

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<p>The first green hydrogen reactor was commissioned in Hamilton Ontario last month.</p>
<p>So, how do hydrogen plants work?  Well, the presentation explains that water and recycled aluminum is turned into thermal energy, fuel cell grade hydrogen and alumina – which can be used in green vehicles, renewable energy generation and as a semiconductor.</p>
<p>The presentation adds that the plant could provide an off grid power supply if needed and holds the potential to convert West Kelowna’s fleet of city vehicles to green hydrogen.</p>
<p>They explain that the plant could provide up to one megawatt of power (about 1 million watts) with an option to increase to three mW.  It would also hold the potential to create 18,000 metric tonnes of aluminum oxide.</p>
<p>Across BC, there are about 40 hydrogen projects that are proposed or under construction.</p>
<p>On Thursday, the province announced it would be creating the BC Hydrogen Office to expand hydrogen deployment and streamline projects.</p>
<p>In the news release, the province claims that more than 50% of Canada’s hydrogen and fuel-cell companies are in BC and that 70% of the province’s energy demand is met through fossil fuels like gas, diesel and natural gas. </p>
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