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Hub aims to give Scotland leading role in hydrogen

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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.

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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.

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