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The plan to power TES Canada's facilities with a wind farm will increase costs, according to Normand Mousseau.

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A Quebec energy expert questions the terms of the green hydrogen production project that TES Canada wants to implement in Mauricie, affirming that the production of this factory cannot be sold at a competitive price.

The professor of physics and scientific director of the Trottier Energy Institute at Polytechnique Montréal, Normand Mousseau, affirms that the production of synthetic hydrogen, like what we want to do at TES Canada in Mauricie , is an inefficient process.

The transformation into hydrogen causes us to lose energy, around 30%. So, we have a product where we already have significant losses. Then the use of hydrogen leads to additional losses, he says.

Mr. Mousseau affirms that the method of producing electricity with wind turbines and solar panels that TES Canada is trying to implement in Mauricie will contribute to the explosion in costs.

He explains that TES Canada has an agreement with Hydro-Québec to provide 150 megawatts of power, which represents approximately a quarter of the plant's needs. The rest of the production would come from wind turbines and solar panels to be installed by the company.

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We are talking about expensive electricity which will make very expensive hydrogen and which will then be transformed into synthetic gases [by TES Canada customers]. [According to] evaluations that have been made, which are similar to mine, it would perhaps be 10 to 12 times more expensive than a molecule of gas purchased from Énergir, he indicates.

The expert does not believe that the green hydrogen that will be produced by TES Canada will be popular with companies.

Who will pay 10 to 12 times more for their energy? Nobody, unless there are massive government subsidies that haven't been announced yet, he adds.

By presenting projects for which several questions are unanswered, such as the presence of wind turbines in the region, Mr. Mousseau believes that TES Canada is promoting a poorly put together project which, in the long term, could be harmful .

We are doing a lot of harm to the energy transition because we are going to put forward projects that hold up poorly where the arrangements are not clear , then the discussions are not clear and this means that we will make citizens more and more skeptical of the efforts that we must make for decarbonization, he deplores.

The company's CEO, Éric Gauthier, mentioned earlier this week that his project was going to make a profit.

We have different calculations. […] Our company is a for-profit company. The goal is to make money, not just for us, but for the shareholders, for all the stakeholders, he explains.

Mr. Gauthier believes that there is a market for this type of molecule, even if it could be more expensive.

When we take into account that& #x27;there are people who want a green alternative to a fossil solution, there are people who are ready to pay a premium, he adds.

With information from Raphaël Brouillette

Normand Mousseau in an interview on the show En direct

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