Zen is proud to announce the completion of a Feasibility Study of Hydrogen in the Maritimes. The study examines the opportunities for hydrogen in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. Key findings include:
- Hydrogen can play a major role in the Maritimes’ future energy mix, delivering up to 22% of end-use energy by 2050
- Hydrogen can help the Maritimes address climate change by delivering up to 6.5 Mt-CO2e of emissions reductions per year by 2050, representing 21% of the region’s current annual GHG emissions
- Hydrogen made via electrolysis using the region’s rich wind resources shows strong long-term potential and can help the region with energy independence and resilience
- Hydrogen offers the greatest benefits in hard-to-abate sectors including transportation and heating, and it can provide large-scale energy storage to help clean up the electric grid
- Regional leaders should act now and take a collaborative approach to align policy and investment in order to achieve hydrogen’s full potential
The study supports the region’s broad energy policy objectives related to climate change, inclusive economic development, and sustainable development of energy resources. Zen’s analysis provides long-term forecasting of the opportunity for hydrogen to play a role in transforming the energy system in the region from 2020-2050. It includes modelling of hydrogen production and transportation costs as well as end-use demand by sector. The study concludes with recommendations for instruments and policies that could help enable hydrogen to decarbonize the economy.
The study was commissioned by the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA) in partnership with Heritage Gas Limited, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Liberty Utilities, and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy & Mines. Zen completed the study with support from Dunsky Energy Consulting and Redrock Power Systems.