Canada’s first hybrid electric gas turbine
What do you get when you bring natural gas turbines and batteries together? Flexibility in how electricity is produced and offered to the market, with significantly lower emissions.
With the addition of a new 10 MW, 4.3 MWh lithium-ion battery to an existing natural gas turbine at its Crossfield Energy Centre, ENMAX will install Canada’s first hybrid electric gas turbine.
This innovative solution will enable ENMAX to have the turbine at the ready without using any fuel – similar to a hybrid car which idles with zero emissions at a red light, and then uses both the battery and engine to accelerate to full speed when the light turns green.
The result is an estimated reduction of 274,00 tonnes of GHG emissions per year, the equivalent of removing 59,500 cars from the road annually.
To help make this project a reality, ENMAX participated in Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Industrial Efficiency Challenge. From a field of 93 submissions, the Crossfield Hybrid Electric Gas Turbine was one of 11 projects recognized for its potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the province.