MoU signed

Scots and Germans join forces on hydrogen energy

Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource (pic: Offshore Wind Scotland)

A joint initiatives between Scotland and Germany aims to develop the market for “green” hydrogen from wind energy.

The north of Scotland’s offshore wind cluster organisation, DeepWind, has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with its German counterpart, WAB.

DeepWind is an industry-led cluster, initiated in 2019 by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in partnership with Scottish Enterprise. Offshore wind developer Ocean Winds is the industry champion.

It now has more than 450 members, including 22 developers, which is unique in the UK and reflects the level of interest in deploying Scotland’s significant energy expertise into offshore renewables.

The MoU will see both clusters collaborating on initiatives relating to the production of offshore wind and its use in producing renewable electricity for green hydrogen generation.

It will provide networking and matchmaking opportunities for supply chain companies in each cluster.

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WAB and DeepWind will exchange and analyse information, experiences and insights and inform each other about progress in joint projects. The aim is to boost the renewable energy industry and benefit supply chains in both countries.

Scotland has a quarter of Europe’s offshore wind resource. This huge natural asset creates some of the best conditions in Europe for large scale green hydrogen production.

Dan Finch, UK Country Manager for Ocean Winds, said: “We’re on the cusp of an exciting opportunity for the North Sea to play an even more central role in the UK and European clean energy mix.

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