Archived—Prince Edward Island Wind - Hydrogen Village Project Backgrounder

Archived Information

Archived information is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.

Archived

Background

Government of Canada Supports Development of Alternative Energy Project

The Government of Canada, through the Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) Hydrogen Early Adopters (h2EA) program, is contributing $5.1 million in the multi-year Prince Edward Island Wind-Hydrogen Village Project. With the support of this contribution, Hydrogenics Corporation and the Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation will proceed with the $10.3-million project, which is designed to provide energy solutions and economic growth opportunities for local communities.

The project will use wind energy as the primary energy source and produce hydrogen to provide backup and primary electricity for industrial, farm and household applications, as well as for fuel for a mix of transportation and other requirements. Using an integrated hydrogen power generation system, the project will provide real-life demonstration opportunities, permitting the evaluation and refinement of cost-effective hydrogen solutions.

The Government of Prince Edward Island is committed to taking action to reduce its dependence on imported energy supplies derived from fossil fuels. With the highest electricity rates of any province, Prince Edward Island wants to increase its reliance on renewable energy, such as wind, wind/hydrogen and various forms of biofuels. It now draws 4 percent of its electricity from the North Cape Wind Farm and 1 percent from the V-90. In addition, Prince Edward Island has legislated that utilities obtain at least 15 percent of their electrical energy from renewable resources by 2010.

The Government of Canada is committed to the vision of a hydrogen economy, and to ensuring that all departments and levels of government work together to make projects like this a reality. A strong supporter of sustainable energy solutions, the Province of Prince Edward Island will be providing $2.9 million to this project. In addition, Natural Resources Canada is contributing $115 000, through the Canadian Transportation and Fuel Cell Alliance, toward an engineering study that is underway for the hydrogen fuelling stations component of this project.

The Technology Partnerships Canada h2EA program encourages Canadian industries to take the lead in demonstrating existing technologies in real-world applications, thus accelerating the market acceptance of hydrogen and hydrogen-compatible technologies with broad environmental, economic and social benefits for all Canadians.

Based in Toronto, Hydrogenics Corporation is a leading global developer of clean energy solutions, and is advancing the hydrogen economy by commercializing hydrogen and fuel cell products to meet the energy needs of customers. The company employs 325 employees worldwide, with facilities in Mississauga, Vancouver and Belgium, as well as satellite operations in Germany, Japan and New York.

The Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation is a Crown corporation of the Province of Prince Edward Island, established to develop and promote energy systems within Prince Edward Island in response to the province’s dependence on imported electricity, and thermal and transportation fossil fuels. The Atlantic Wind Test Site, one of the corporation’s current areas of focus, was established at North Cape in 1980 as Canada’s only national wind energy laboratory, and has become the country’s premier research and development centre for wind energy.