Scottish Power said in November that it would spend £10 billion by the middle of this decade as part of the UK’s green recovery. It has a number of things in its pipeline, including building the largest green hydrogen production facility in the UK. That would be adjacent to its Whitelee wind farm at Eaglesham, south of Glasgow, which is also the largest in these islands. The development there would also include a 62,000-panel solar farm and battery storage. Hydrogen burns cleanly and has been identified as having the potential to play a central role in reducing emissions. Scottish Power estimates that the Whitelee electrolyser, which could be ready in 2023 subject to planning permission, could produce eight tonnes of green hydrogen a day. That would be enough to fuel 550 buses travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh and back again. The company is also involved in a project to create a hydrogen hub at the Port of Cromarty Firth in the Highlands, which may see the fuel used for transport and industrial processes such as heating up stills at whisky distilleries. Anderson and a group of colleagues in the energy sector recently took about a month to put together a detailed framework of the large projects that are likely to go ahead within the next two years. He would love to see a similar exercise replicated across all industries as a way for the Scottish government to highlight the investment opportunities which are available. “I’m building grid connections and wind farms that will be here for 40 years. That is eight parliaments and eight governments. I don’t really much care what happens between each of them. But if we get this green economic recovery right, we will create a timeline of 40 to 50 years of benefit out of it because of the stuff we will build and the investment which will be brought in.” Anderson points towards the Cop26 climate talks which take place in Glasgow in November — they were postponed from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic — as an opportunity to highlight the attractions of Scotland to the world. He believes Scotland can position itself as the home of green hydrogen in Europe and should be using Cop26 to shine a spotlight on the myriad renewable energy investment opportunities that are available.
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