FortisBC is investing $500,000 in UBC Okanagan to study how to implement hydrogen into the natural gas system.
The utility will work with UBCO’s School of Engineering to determine how it can further reduce emissions from its natural gas supply by delivering hydrogen, a carbon-free energy, through its extensive distribution network.
“Hydrogen is an abundant element and a clean energy carrier, and will be step change for our efforts on climate action,” FortisBC vice-president of external and Indigenous relations Doug Slater said in a press release.
“And in order to leverage the potential of hydrogen we need to partner with leading experts in the field. We’re thrilled to have the minds at UBCO on board, helping us unlock this opportunity for what will be a giant step forward in advancing a lower carbon future.”
FortisBC and UBCO will work to understand the potential effects hydrogen may have on the existing natural gas system.
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