Village Becomes Green Hydrogen Showcase

It takes a village to promote hydrogen from renewable energy in British Columbia. The Vancouver Village of Anmore has plans to develop a renewable energy center that will contribute to the community’s energy requirements while serving to publicly showcase how other communities can produce renewable energy for their own use.

The proposed renewable energy center will employ proven green energy technologies using the water, solar and wind resources available to Anmore, and apply the energy to the production of hydrogen. Stored hydrogen would then be used to power municipal vehicles, and for heating and cooling the infrastructure of the village. “It is very logical for a village such as Anmore to move on this type of renewable energy project,” said Mayor Hal Weinberg. “Anmore is the type of community where many Canadians would like to live because of our belief in sustainable development. In a practical sense it is also small enough to be able to absorb new ideas relatively easily, and we have the opportunity to start to demonstrate the future way our communities could be powered.” The Village of Anmore is working with BC Hydro, Renaissance Power Corporation and a consortium of technology providers to complete a plan for financing, construction and operation of the center. Ownership is planned through a separate foundation to be created and controlled by the Village of Anmore through a foundation called the “Anmore Renewable Energy Foundation.” BC Hydro owns and operates a recreational facility in the village on Buntzen Lake, and the proposed site for the project is adjacent to the facility. The renewable energy center will be designed and built to the highest standard under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. It will be both energy efficient and energy self-sufficient, and designed to reflect the objectives of the center. It is also hoped that the center will inspire visitors to engage in improving responsible production and use of energy. Goals for the prototype center, which would operate on a pre-commercial-scale, are to provide operational and economic information to the renewable energy industry, financial and government institutions and the public. It is hoped that the center will exemplify the viability of community-level initiatives to become more energy self-sufficient. Specific objectives of the project include: – Provide a working model to demonstrate the benefits and impacts of micro-scale hydroelectric systems. – Demonstrate technical innovation, and showcase the use of renewable electric power coupled with the use of hydrogen for transportation and building service – Reduce the overall environmental impact of community energy use while meeting the community’s environmental goals – Become more energy self-reliant, with the goal of become near self-sufficient without compromising its natural environs. – Provide a leadership model for other communities – Demonstrate a responsible use of natural resources balancing diverse and competing values. The next step for the Foundation is to commission a feasibility study on the financing and construction details, as well as to implement a public process to gain input for the educational and interactive aspects of the project.
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