Project Overview

Tent Mountain Renewable Energy Complex (TM-REX)

Montem Resources (Montem) is advancing development plans to transition the Tent Mountain Mine to become a renewable energy complex. The planned development includes three primary elements:

320MW Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES)
100MW Green Hydrogen Electrolyser
100MW Offsite Wind Farm

The Tent Mountain Mine is an existing, disturbed mine site, located approximately 16 km west of the township of Coleman, that ceased operations in 1983. Developing Tent Mountain as a renewable energy complex could result in the first large scale production of green hydrogen in Canada. Furthermore, the PHES element of the complex will play an important role in filling supply gaps in Alberta’s electricity grid. Wind and solar power are inherently intermittent, only producing power when the wind blows or sun shines. The PHES acts as a large battery, recharging when there is an abundance of wind and solar power available and providing power to Alberta’s electricity grid when there is a shortage of wind and solar power.

Montem first started looking at an end of mine life PHES for Tent Mountain in 2019, undertaking a site assessment and economic analysis. The results were promising, but at the time Montem decided to continue progressing Tent Mountain primarily as a steelmaking coal mine re-start. With the current uncertainty surrounding the timeline of the mine re-start, Montem have brought forward the planning for developing Tent Mountain into a renewable energy complex and are now moving to a Feasibility Study.

Tent Mountain has inherent advantages for hosting a large renewable energy complex, and Montem will aim to repurpose their existing assets at Tent Mountain which include a 300m drop (or average “head”) between two large water reservoirs that were formed during previous mining operations and are located on land owned by Montem. The site is near Alberta’s high voltage electricity grid, has great existing infrastructure to support development, is adjacent to rail, gas pipelines and the interprovincial Highway 3, and has plenty of space to develop a green hydrogen plant.

The Tent Mountain Renewable Energy Complex is an important opportunity for the Crowsnest Pass and for Alberta.

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Upper Reservoir

The upper water reservoir is a historical coal mine pit located at an elevation of 1,800m. The conceptual design of the upper reservoir allows for roughly 2.5GWh of energy storage.

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Surface Penstock

During times of the day when electricity demand and prices are high, typically around breakfast and dinner time, the water from the upper reservoir will be released into the lower reservoir. The water travels via the surface penstock, dropping in elevation by 300m (which is also referred to as a 300m average “head”), before passing through turbines to generate electricity that can be sold into the Alberta power grid.

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Powerhouse

The powerhouse will host two turbines that generate electricity as water passes through them. During times of the day when there is an excess of renewable energy and energy prices are low, such as in the middle of the day, the turbines can be reversed, and using renewable power purchased cheaply from the grid, the water can be pumped back up to the upper reservoir. This process “recharges” the PHES which acts as a large battery.

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Lower Reservoir

The lower reservoir is a manmade wetland that sits at an elevation of 1,500m. It was created as part of the historical coal mine’s water management system.

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Powerlines

Powerlines will be constructed to connect the PHES to the nearby Alberta electricity grid. The electric interconnection with the Alberta grid will provide power for when the turbines are reversed, and the ability to send power to the grid when the PHES is generating electricity. Powerlines will also be constructed to provide electricity to the onsite green hydrogen electrolyser production facility.

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Green Hydrogen Electrolyser

The hydrogen will be produced using an electrolyser that employs electricity to split apart water molecules into their component parts: oxygen and hydrogen. The electrolyser will be powered by renewable energy (wind and the PHES) resulting in the production of green hydrogen.

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Wind Farm (Offsite)

A 100MW wind farm will be located off-site powering the PHES with renewable energy when the turbines are reversed to pump the water back up the hill.

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Project Location Map

MR21-PHES-Diagram-Unlabeled Upper Reservoir Surface Penstock Powerhouse Lower Reservoir Powerlines Green Hydrogen Electrolyser Wind Farm (offsite)

Pumped Hydro Energy Storage at Tent Mountain

Montem is assessing the feasibility of a pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) at Tent Mountain. The Tent Mountain PHES will be one of the primary elements of the TM-REX.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TENT MOUNTAIN PHES

Green Hydrogen at Tent Mountain

Montem is assessing the feasibility of a green hydrogen electrolyser production facility at Tent Mountain. The Tent Mountain green hydrogen electrolyser will be one of the primary elements of the TM-REX.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GREEN HYDROGEN AT TENT MOUNTAIN

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