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1/ Clean energy thread time:

Yesterday the #Hydrogen Study for British Columbia was released. The Study makes a compelling case for clean H2 to achieve its 2050 GHG reduction targets


#bcpoli #climate #energytwitter
2/ Interest in #hydrogen as a clean energy source has gone through peaks and valleys over the past 30 years. But, this time is different. The role for H2 is critical as a low-carbon energy carrier to address difficult to decarbonize end-uses.
3/ The promise of #hydrogen in the province is summarized nicely:
4/ H2 is important because it’s a gaseous energy carrier meaning it can be ‘dropped-into’ the gas system to displace natural gas. The roadmap estimated that H2 could achieve up to 31% of BC’s 2050 reduction target!
5/ The other nice thing about hydrogen is that it can address GHGs from a number of sectors simultaneously. Blending H2 in the gas system reduces GHGs across buildings and industry while acting as a delivery system for transport fuels
6/ BC has a number of advantages because of its vast energy resources that can be harnessed to produce clean H2. BC has abundant clean electricity, biomass and natural gas to make lots of hydrogen
7/ Using natural gas with carbon capture and storage, we could produce 1100 kt of h2 (130 PJ) or 2/3rds of BC’s end-use natural gas demand at a price of $16 per GJ. That’s $0.06 per kWh, half the retail residential electricity rate!
8/ NG with CCS is one of the lowest carbon options. SMR + CCS is less carbon intensive than electrolysis using BC Hydro’s grid electricity. When compared to natural gas the diff in carbon intensity between SMR+CCS and electrolysis using wind is only 14%.
9/ Couple the low carbon intensity and costs together and the cost per tonne of using hydrogen to reduce GHG emissions in the province is actually comparatively low. Hydrogen costs between $-47 to $566 per tonne of GHG reduced with the majority of potential around $100
10/ All told, because hydrogen can be produced relatively inexpensively, stored, and used in difficult-to-decarbonize sectors, the question before us is not ‘if’ but ‘by how much?’ The Roadmap estimates h2 could scale to 45% of gas demand by 2050
11/ This thread just scratches the surface of the findings in the Roadmap. The key point is that we need policies and support for H2 to realize its potential. The main recommendations are below:
12/ Big thanks to Zen and the Art of Clean Energy, BC Bioenergy Network, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for the Study and lets keep the momentum!
@michellemungall @Dnikolej @nrcan @jaykhosla
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