World Energy GH2 helping Atlantic Canada become a green energy leader

Posted on February 02, 2023 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments

 

(From left) Sean Leet, Brendan Paddick, directors of World Energy GH2; Town Councillor Myra White, Deputy Mayor Susan Fowlow, Mayor Tom Rose, Town of Stephenville; and The Honourable Steve Crocker, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, at Wind Energy Hamburg 2022.

 

Thanks to a consortium of common interests that span the globe, St. John’s, NL-based World Energy GH2 is poised to produce green hydrogen for global markets as soon as 2025.

The renewable energy company has officially launched a CAD $16 billion project to produce 250,000 metric tons of green hydrogen per year from a new facility powered by wind turbines on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile, Canada has signed an agreement to supply Germany with the carbon-free fuel, signaling the birth of a promising green industry in this country and, according to Sean Leet, Managing Director and CEO of World Energy GH2, a strategic role for industry leaders in Atlantic Canada.

“This project—Canada’s first commercial green hydrogen facility—is first-of-its-kind, bringing together global leaders who are committed to reducing carbon emissions and providing the scale necessary to expand the reach of decarbonization efforts throughout the world,” he explained. “The project’s wind farms will supply three gigawatts of wind power to a plant that will manufacture green hydrogen.”

Harnessing Newfoundland and Labrador’s vast wind energy to split water (H2O) into hydrogen and oxygen through a process called electrolysis, World Energy GH2 will employ renewable power to produce green hydrogen which can be used as an immediate solution to decarbonization in hard-to-abate sectors.

In contrast, “grey hydrogen” is produced from fossil fuels and emits a high level of carbon; while “blue hydrogen” is produced in a similar way, generally from natural gas, and the carbon is stored using carbon capture technology.

The green hydrogen will be transported in the form of green ammonia which will allow the global delivery of clean, renewable power at scale. The project is expected to produce 1,800 direct construction jobs, 300 direct operations jobs and 3,500 indirect jobs.

According to research published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy last year, “Hydrogen has emerged as a promising climate-neutral energy carrier. More than 25 countries have published hydrogen roadmaps. Transition requirements in energy systems spotlight hydrogen due to its versatility. The development of a green hydrogen economy is seen as a significant contributor to achieving the climate goals set by the Paris Agreement.”

According to Leet, the goals for the World Energy GH2 project are also local. “This whole process needs to be inclusive and consultative, and the benefits for communities need to be clear. It’s crucial that the project—and the industry—provide value to communities in Newfoundland and Labrador and positions our province and Canada as global leaders in green energy.”

Consistent with that, Project Nujio’qonik (Mi’kmaw meaning “where the sand blows”) involves memoranda of understanding with Qalipu First Nation and the Town of Stephenville, NL. World Energy GH2 recently established a $10-million Community Vibrancy Fund for Project Nujio’qonik’s three current areas in Newfoundland and Labrador—the Town of Stephenville, the Port au Port Peninsula, and the Three Rivers/Flat Bay/Codroy Valley area, pending project approval.

Said Leet: “The fund will be paid over three years and equally divided across the project areas, commencing in accordance with permitting timelines. Once the project is underway, it will create significant economic activity. This initial, $10 million fund demonstrates our commitment to the people in the project areas, and it’s an investment in the communities in the time between construction and the first hydrogen production in 2025. We don’t want to wait for the revenue generating phase of the project to start directly benefiting communities.”

Added World Energy GH2 Director John Risley: “Atlantic Canada is positioned to be a global leader in the production of green hydrogen, but there is no time to waste. World Energy GH2 is thrilled to deliver tangible support to our friends in Europe who urgently need reliable sources of clean energy.”

Project Nujio’qonik aims to be Canada’s first commercial green hydrogen/ammonia producer created from 3+ gigawatts of wind energy in one of the world’s best wind resource regions.

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