US-based Joi Scientific will partner with Canada’s New Brunswick Power to develop a hydrogen production system to make possible the world’s first electricity grid that uses hydrogen as a baseload.
The collaboration will deploy Joi Scientific’s Hydrogen 2.0 production system at multiple distributed stations along with wind turbines, hydropower and nuclear power to create a net-zero carbon-generating power operation. NB Power signed a licensing agreement with Joi Scientific three years ago, but the companies have now agreed to work together to test the technology by building a number of prototypes.
The joint development will offer emission-free grid architecture, which combines distributed Hydrogen 2.0 baseload generation with smart grid management, to other utility operators in North America and beyond. Joi Scientific’s Hydrogen 2.0 technology uses a high efficiency, high throughput system to liberate hydrogen from untreated seawater. Hydrogen 2.0 will enable the localised production of hydrogen on-site, on-demand, meaning it can be generated when and where needed.
The two companies will develop and test a commercial prototype unit at Joi Scientific’s labs at the Kennedy Space Centre.