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Highland Council Forges Green Hydrogen Pact

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on renews.biz.

These are the first two paragraphs.

Getech subsidiary H2 Green has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Highland Council in Scotland aimed at creating a regional network of green hydrogen hubs across the Scottish Highlands.

Under the terms of the MoU, H2 Green and the Highland Council will produce a regional plan to develop a network of green hydrogen hubs at optimal locations across the region.

The first hub appears to be in Inverness, as I wrote in Hydrogen Hub Plan Will Cut Transport Sector Emissions In The Highlands.

But that is only the start.

  • Green hydrogen will be used in transport in the Highlands.
  • By-products like oxygen and heat will be distributed.
  • Delivery of Highland decarbonisation will be planned.
  • SGN Commercial Services will service large-volume customers.
  • Agreements are in place for Eversholt Rail to deploy their hydrogen-powered trains on the Far North and West Highland Lines of Scotland.

This statement from Jonathan Copus of Getech, sums up the objectives of the hydrogen project.

These activities combined with the Highland Council initiative are set to establish the Highlands as the leading UK-centre for decarbonisation and innovation; they will also support job creation, deliver energy security and provide a sustainable path for the region’s net zero transition.

I believe that a similar approach could be taken in other parts of the UK. Cornwall, East Anglia, Lincolnshire, much of Wales and the Borderlands between England and Scotland come to mind.

Each region will probably, decarbonise slightly differently and each will develop more and more innovative ways to use the hydrogen.

Conclusion

Hydrogen will play a large part in the decarbonisation of the UK.

March 11, 2022 - Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. This is very definitely worthwhile venture all too often Scottish wind is constrained off the system due to lack of transmission capacity so co locate electrolyser with every wind farm should become mandatory. Just send tankers out to collect it like we collect milk off farms.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | March 12, 2022 | Reply

  2. Agreed.

    But I do think, blending up to 20 % of hydrogen into the gas transmission system is a good way to go. It appears that no changes would need to be made to boilers or appliances, although they may need a proper service. But that should be done anyway.

    As to tankers, having seen ICI’s hydrogen distribution from Runcorn in action, I think we need tanker/dispenser trailers for hydrogen.

    Suppose you are a bus operator running hydrogen buses. The tanker/dispenser trailer would be parked in your garage and buses would pull up alongside to be fueled. The trailers would be swapped as appropriate, so the garage always had enough hydrogen.

    This would mean the minimum of infrastructure work at the garage.

    Or you could use the Birmingham hydrogen electrolyser solution.

    Comment by AnonW | March 12, 2022 | Reply


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