Hydrogen project to provide zero-carbon fuel

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22nd November 2021

hydrogen storage project near Glasgow has received £9.4m in government funding to help drive progress towards decarbonising the UK transport sector.

The investment will see the Whitelee green hydrogen project develop an electrolyser, a system which converts water into hydrogen gas to store energy.

It will be located alongside Scottish Power’s Whitelee Windfarm and will produce and store hydrogen to supply local transport providers with zero-carbon fuel.

Greg Hands, energy and climate change minister, said: “Projects like these will be vital as we shift to a green electricity grid, helping us get the full benefit from our world-class renewables, supporting the UK as we work to eliminate the UK’s contribution to climate change.”

Developed by ITM Power, who manufactureres integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing and BOC, in conjunction with Scottish Power’s Hydrogen division, the facility will be able to produce enough green hydrogen per day – 2.5 to 4 tonnes – that, once stored, could provide the equivalent of enough zero-carbon fuel for 225 buses travelling to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh, each day.

The announcement follows the COP26 climate summit held in Glasgow, on October 31 – November 13, 2021.

Barry Carruthers, Scottish Power hydrogen director, said: “This blend of renewable electricity generation and green hydrogen production promises to highlight the multiple ways in which society can decarbonise by using these technologies here and now.”

The funding under the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, will see the British Standards Institution (BSI) develop technical standards for hydrogen products, and a consortium comprising Energy and Utility Skills and the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, will establish new standards and training specifications to facilitate the training of hydrogen gas installers.

Jim Mercer, business president, at BOC UK & Ireland, said: “The project will accelerate development across multiple disciplines – from production and storage, to transportation and end use.”

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