Highlights

Scalable 100 MW (14,000 tpa H2) Green Hydrogen Electrolyser facility

Will create up to 160 jobs over a 40+ year project life

Up to 190,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions abated annually, the equivalent of 50 million litres of diesel

Montem exploring customers for TM-REX green hydrogen, leveraging nearby key infrastructure and major transportation industries

TM-REX Green Hydrogen Electrolyser Pre-Feasibility Study Results

In 2022, Montem completed a Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for the Green Hydrogen Electrolyser element of the TM-REX. This initial technical and economic assessment was completed to assess the scale, costs, logistics and technical risks associated with constructing and operating a green hydrogen electrolyser facility in southern Alberta, with an initial focus on the suitability of the Tent Mountain site, coupled with an off-site wind farm.

The PFS established there to be no viable sustainable water source in the immediate vicinity of Tent Mountain. Hence the Green Hydrogen Electrolyser is better suited to be located offsite from Tent Mountain, where viable renewable water sources are available.

Additionally, the PFS found that utilising a renewable ‘behind the meter’ energy source, such as the proposed TM-REX 100 MW offsite Wind Farm, will be fundamental to the TM-REX Green Hydrogen Electrolyser cost-competitiveness.

The TM-REX Green Hydrogen Electrolyser has the potential to meet growing global hydrogen demand. The project will be scalable, starting with a 10 MW (1,400 tpa hydrogen) pilot plant before expanding to a 100 MW (14,000 tpa hydrogen) facility.

Green Hydrogen Production Considerations:
On and Off Grid Options

Project Life40+ Year
Pilot Plant Production (10 MW)1,400 tpa H2
Full Scale Production (100 MW)14,000 tpa H2
By-ProductOxygen
Electrolysis MethodProton Exchange Membrane
Water SourceTwo Sustainable Water Sources Identified
Renewable Power Source – 24/7 OperationGrid Connection via PPA
Renewable Power Source – Intermittent OperationOff-Grid Connection via Direct Wind Farm Connection

 

Project Life40+ Year
Pilot Plant
Production (10 MW)
1,400 tpa H2
Full Scale
Production (100 MW)
14,000 tpa H2
By-ProductOxygen
Electrolysis MethodProton Exchange Membrane
Water SourceTwo Sustainable Water
Sources Identified
Renewable Power
Source – 24/7 Operation
Grid Connection via PPA
Renewable Power
Source – Intermittent
Operation
Off-Grid Connection via
Direct Wind Farm Connection

 

Montem continues to explore potential customers for the green hydrogen produced at TM-REX, aiming to leverage nearby key infrastructure, developments (mining), and major transportation industries (heavy trucks and rail).

The Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are creating a highly supportive regulatory environment for hydrogen production development, which includes emerging hydrogen transportation guidelines. Additionally, to encourage the development of low carbon fuels like green hydrogen, Alberta and British Columbia, along with the Federal government, have created funding opportunities and credit regimes to support this important rollout for the emerging hydrogen economy in western Canada.

The Potential of Green Hydrogen

Currently, hydrogen is used in refining and other heavy industry processes with approximately 90 million tonnes per annum being produced globally.  Almost all hydrogen production is “grey hydrogen” which creates carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases during the production process. Green hydrogen is a zero carbon, zero emission fuel and energy storage medium that is produced using renewable energy, water, and electrolysers.

Green hydrogen is a zero carbon, zero emission fuel and energy storage medium that is produced using renewable energy, water, and electrolysers. During green hydrogen production an electrolyser employs electricity to split apart water molecules into their component parts: oxygen and hydrogen (this process is called electrolysis).  The present global capacity for electrolyser green hydrogen production is low, but to meet forecasted demand and supply this critical fuel for a Net Zero economy, capacity is increasing rapidly.

Present global strategies to meet Net Zero targets are based on broad electrification and renewables deployment. Even with this wide-spread deployment, it is expected that around 30% of industry’s transportation and power consumption will continue to be based on greenhouse gas emitting fuels and energy carriers, these areas of our energy ecosystem are referred to as “hard to abate”.

Developers are now actively targeting these “hard to abate” areas for green hydrogen utilization opportunities, including: long-haul transportation, ammonia production, select heavy industry and manufacturing operations, and other hard to abate power and heating system operations.

Hydrogen is versatile in its production, its application and in its regional to global scalability, which makes it an attractive fuel and energy carrier to meet global Net Zero goals.

To meet their Net Zero scenario the International Energy Agency has forecast the 2050 global demand for green hydrogen at 850,000 MW of electrolysers, or around 150 million tonnes of green hydrogen production. For scale, Montem is proposing a 100 MW (14,000 tpa hydrogen) electrolyser facility for the TM-REX.

To meet their Net Zero scenario the International Energy Agency has forecast the 2050 global demand for green hydrogen to be in the order of 850,000 MW of electrolysers, or around 150 million tonnes of green hydrogen production. For scale, at Tent Mountain, we are currently proposing a 100 MW electrolyser facility.

In Alberta, there have been several “blue hydrogen” projects announced. To produce “blue hydrogen” the reforming process uses natural gas and water as feedstocks, additionally, carbon sequestration is required. Carbon sequestration captures and stores, in subsurface formations, a large portion of the carbon dioxide emitted during the “blue hydrogen” production process.   These “blue hydrogen” projects are all located close to natural gas feedstock and potential carbon sequestration locations and will target different end user industries than the Tent Mountain green hydrogen facility.

How is TM-REX Green Hydrogen produced?