Hub aims to give Scotland leading role in hydrogen
Jo Bamford: inspirational prospect
Plans to develop a hydrogen production hub near Glasgow aims to secure Scotland’s future as a leader in the industry.
The £45 million centre near Glasgow will harness solar and wind power to produce ‘green hydrogen’.
Developed by Scottish energy firm Hy2Go., work will start on the project early next year, with a target of having it at least partially up and running in time to provide Scottish hydrogen fuel to transport COP26 delegates around Glasgow.
Ryse Hydrogen, has enabled the project to get off the ground by agreeing a significant offtake agreement for the plant’s hydrogen once fuel production commences.
The hydrogen sector is forecast to be worth £18 billion to the UK economy by 2035 and could create 75,000 jobs.
The Scottish Government is due to publish a hydrogen action plan by the end of the year, which will aim to grow Scotland’s hydrogen industry over the coming decades.
The 51 acre plant, at Lesmahagow will have its own wind turbines and solar panels which will feed a 9MW hydrogen electrolyser, with the capacity to increase the electrolyser size to 20MW in a second-phase expansion.
An estimated 16 jobs will be created during construction of the facility, with a further 16 permanent jobs created when the hub is fully operational.
The facility will initially produce 800,000 kg of hydrogen per annum, with production eventually increasing to 1 million kg per annum. Use of this zero emission hydrogen would be the equivalent of removing 7,500 cars off Scottish roads every year.
The deal between Ryse and Hy2Go was procured by Hy2Go co-founder and director, Simon Coakley, who has been involved in the overall project for a number of years.
Mr Coakley said: “It’s great to see the Hy2Go project finally coming to fruition after having had the vision for so long and we’re pleased that Ryse Hydrogen is sharing in our ambitions.
“With the combination of the creation of jobs and green hydrogen, it’s going to be a great boost for the area and for the environment.”
Hy2Go Glasgow will deliver what has until recently has been considered a future energy into a viable source of power for today– Brendan Flood, Hy2Go
Hy2Go Chairman, businessman and entrepreneur Brendan Flood, said he was excited about the possibilities the project would bring.
Mr Flood, who is part of the ownership group and is a director at English Premier League Club Burnley FC, said: “I am passionate about sustainable energy management and I employ a zero-carbon mindset across all of my business interests, so this project really excites me.
“Hy2Go Glasgow will deliver what has until recently has been considered a future energy into a viable source of power for today.
“With the fleet of Wrightbuses on the streets of Aberdeen, and Glasgow already in possession of a fleet of hydrogen-powered gritters with refuse trucks on their way, the need for Scotland to produce its own green hydrogen is clear.”
Ryse Hydrogen is owned by Jo Bamford, who also owns Wrightbus – creators of the world’s first hydrogen double deckers, the first of which were launched onto the streets of Aberdeen earlier this month.
He said: “There is now the inspirational prospect of Scottish-made hydrogen being used to transport COP26 delegates around Glasgow.
“This would be an ideal demonstration to the world that Scotland is perfectly placed to be a world-leader in hydrogen production because of its abundance of wind and water, which are the two ingredients you need to make hydrogen.
Logan Energy gets pivotal hydrogen role in NI
Hydrogen technology firm Logan Energy is now responsible for the entire hydrogen production, distribution, and refuelling process for the Belfast Bus Project in Northern Ireland after securing three contract wins.
Earlier this year, Logan Energy announced that it had been commissioned to design and install a hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in Belfast.
Supporting the rollout of three hydrogen buses in the city, the £1.9 million pilot project was backed by the Irish public transport authority, Translink, and represented a step forward in integrating renewable energy alternatives into public transport services.
Bill Ireland: proud
Logan Energy was also commissioned by Irish energy leader, Energia Group, to supply and maintain three hydrogen tube trailers to support the safe transportation of hydrogen from the production site to the HRS in the capital.
Logan Energy’s most recent contract is with Areva H2Gen, where it will be responsible for integrating, operating and maintaining a 1MW electrolyser at a wind farm in County Antrim, as well as manufacturing a hydrogen compression module and a filling unit for the hydrogen tube trailer.
Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said: “We are proud to play such a significant role in Northern Ireland’s hydrogen infrastructure.
“It’s great to see the country turning to green hydrogen to aid the transition to clean energy and we are committed to creating a fully integrated system, which can meet growing demands for a greener economy.”