In Canada, the US-based global power leader, Cummins, operates North America’s first multi-megawatt power-to-hydrogen facility in a collaboration with Enbridge, a leading energy delivery company. The renewable hydrogen storage facility features Cummins’ next-generation PEM electrolyser technology and is dispatched to help manage real-time supply and demand imbalances for Ontario’s electricity grid, ensuring its reliable operation. Every two seconds the plant adjusts immediately to the signal setpoint with a new load level within its operating range, and it is never limited by a fixed state of charge — it can run at any setpoint indefinitely.
The ability to store excess energy through the production of green hydrogen also creates a way for utilities to engage in new market opportunities outside their main power supply activities. For example, excess hydrogen can be sold to industry or used in refuelling networks for fuel cell electric vehicles.
*International Energy Agency: Net Zero by 2050