Britain’s largest “green” hydrogen production facility is to be built on the outskirts of Glasgow under plans unveiled by ScottishPower. The energy group has submitted a planning application for a 20 megawatt electrolyser next to the UK’s largest onshore wind farm at Whitelee. The electrolyser will use surplus renewable electricity from the wind farm as well as power from a proposed new 40 megawatt solar farm and a 50 megawatt battery storage project to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen burns cleanly and the government has indicated that it could play a central role in helping Britain achieve its goal of reducing emissions to net zero by 2050. Several much larger projects have been proposed by oil companies to produce “blue” hydrogen by processing natural gas and capturing the waste carbon dioxide. However, this still generates some emissions whereas making green hydrogen using renewable electricity does not. Scottish Power says the Whitelee electrolyser should produce up to eight tonnes of green hydrogen per day, or enough to fuel more than 550 buses to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh and back again each day. The solar farm that will help power it will be one of Scotland’s biggest and will comprise 62,000 panels. The battery storage facility will also help optimise usage of the power generated by the wind and solar farm, storing surplus electricity.
Times 12th April 2021 read more »
Planning application submitted for UK’s largest electrolyser facility near Glasgow. Electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power has given an update on the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project, alongside partners ScottishPower and BOC.
Energy Voice 12th April 2021 read more »