A developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and fuel-cell products says it has completed a trial with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) demonstrating the viability of its electrolyzer for utility-scale grid stabilization.
During the trial period, the load from a Hydrogenics’ HyStat electrolyzer provided frequency regulation in Ontario by responding to power regulation signals from the IESO on a second-by-second basis. Using an electrolyzer currently installed at Hydrogenics’ corporate HQ, the IESO and Hydrogenics worked together to demonstrate how the hydrogen equipment follows regulation signals in a real-world scenario. In doing so, Hydrogenics demonstrated better balancing of electrical supply and demand while alleviating local transmission constraints. “We are glad to showcase the smart energy grid capability of utility-scale hydrogen technology, which will be used for grid stabilization and energy storage. We will apply these lessons towards the development of megawatt-scale energy storage applications,” said Daryl Wilson, President and CEO.
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