Atura Power selects Cummins’s electrolyzer for Niagara hydrogen centre

Both the federal and provincial governments noted the potential for hydrogen to play a key role in helping meet climate change objectives.

Atura Power has selected Cummins Inc. to design and manufacture the electrolyzer system for its Niagara Hydrogen Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

This will be Ontario’s first 20-megawatt (MW) green hydrogen facility.

Cummins’ proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis system will be manufactured at its Mississauga, Ont. facility and become the centrepiece of Atura Power’s Niagara Hydrogen Centre.

Powered by renewable hydroelectricity, the electrolyzer system will split water into oxygen and “green” hydrogen. This carbon-free green hydrogen will then be provided to industrial customers for immediate consumption and will be transported and blended into the fuel stream at Atura Power’s Halton Hills Generating Station, creating cleaner electricity for Ontario.

Detailed design work and system integration are underway, with plans to bring the Niagara Hydrogen Centre online in early 2024.

Atura Power conducted a competitive procurement process in early 2022, and Cummins provided a strong technical solution for the Niagara Hydrogen Centre. Cummins acquired Mississauga-based Hydrogenics in 2019 and has continued to expand its hydrogen and other zero-emissions technologies portfolio, which includes PEM and alkaline electrolyzer solutions.

Atura Power, a subsidiary of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), supports the net-zero goals outlined in OPG’s Climate Change Plan.

Shelley Babin, President and CEO of Atura Power, said, “The Niagara Hydrogen Centre is our flagship facility that will set the pace for our green and low-carbon hydrogen projects.”

Alexey Ustinov, VP of Electrolyzers at Cummins, said, “Once completed, this project will be the second 20 MW electrolyzer installation for Cummins in Canada and an important milestone in scaling the green hydrogen economy in North America.”

Energy Minister Todd Smith, said, “This project aims to build one of Canada’s largest green-energy hubs and it’s an important part of our work to transform the future of energy, reduce emissions and protect the environment.”

Zohaib Ali

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