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SURREY, B.C. – FortisBC has announced it will be investing $500,000 to study how it can further reduce emissions from its natural gas supply.

The study delivers hydrogen, a carbon-free energy, and is being done at the School of Engineering with the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. There, the study will figure out how to blend hydrogen, safely and reliably, with the natural gas in FortisBC’s system.

Hydrogen doesn’t create any carbon dioxide emissions when it’s burned. You can produce hydrogen in many ways, including methane and from water using electricity.

The big challenge will be understanding the potential effects that hydrogen may have on the existing natural gas system. This is where the study comes into play. The UBCO team will be extensively studying and testing hydrogen to determine what blend and concentration levels are the safest bet.

This funding is part of FortisBC’s $25 million Clean Growth Innovation Fund.

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