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U-Battery provides feedback on Ontario’s Low Carbon Hydrogen Strategy discussion paper

05 February 2021

Ontario is well-positioned to establish and develop a low carbon hydrogen economy, particularly given the province’s low-carbon electricity supply that relies on a natural gas distribution system as well as its globally renowned nuclear energy facilities that power a significant portion of the grid.

U-Battery strongly believes that the following considerations will be key in developing Ontario’s Hydrogen Strategy:  

  • Leveraging the intangibles of low carbon nuclear for hydrogen production: Nuclear energy operations can be leveraged to produce hydrogen at a low carbon capacity. There is an undoubted synergy between the two, particularly as part of Canada’s carbon mitigation strategy and energy transformation efforts.
  • Fortifying a globally renowned talent pool: Creating a pipeline of attractive, inclusive, diverse, global talent through Canadian universities and organizations, giving Canada a competitive advantage in the global race to innovation and research.
  • Establishing enabling policies and funding: The success of Ontario’s hydrogen strategy will be reliant on a willingness within different levels of government to collaborate with each other while strategically supplementing the efforts of the private sector around cost and risk sharing.
  • Enabling regional economic development: Like SMRs, hydrogen would turn remote communities away from fossil fuel generation toward a low carbon option for heavy-industry operations, transport, and community infrastructure.
  • These efforts would not only strengthen the hydrogen sector, but also ensure its prosperity and in turn Ontario’s long-term economic growth. As Ontario looks for industries and sectors that can accelerate its return to growth and full employment, coupling nuclear energy development and hydrogen production will provide a reliable source of innovation, employment and sustainable growth, primed to alleviate Ontarians from the economic impact of COVID-19.

U-Battery would like to thank the Ontario government for the opportunity to submit its comments on the province’s Low Carbon Hydrogen Strategy discussion paper.

Read the submission in full here

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About U-Battery

U-Battery is an advanced/small modular reactor, capable of providing a low-carbon, cost-effective, locally embedded and reliable source of power and heat for energy intensive industry and remote locations. It is being developed by Urenco in collaboration with Jacobs, Kinectrics and Laing O’Rourke and has received funding from the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's Energy Innovation Portfolio.

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