ScottishPower to build 40MW of solar to help fuel Green Hydrogen for Scotland

ScottishPower to build 40MW of solar to help fuel Green Hydrogen for Scotland

ScottishPower has submitted a planning application for up to 40MW of solar, as well as up to 50MW of battery storage and a 20MW electrolyser all part of it’s Green Hydrogen for Scotland project.

The electrolyser is to be the biggest in the UK confirmed by the organisation, and generates 8 tonnes of green hydrogen on a daily basis on a site 5km west of Lochgoin Reservoir and adjacent to the existing Whitelee Extension substation.

It will be powered by a combination of the solar farm, this will conclude to 62,000 individual solar cells, and ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm.

Green Hydrogen for Scotland is currently developed by ScottishPower in partnership with the expert gas provider BOC and electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power, which they are aiming to commercially supply hydrogen before 2030.

Green hydrogen is to be used by difficult-to-decarbonise industries, as a zero carbon fuel to assist lower emissions. It forms a main part of much of the government’s decarbonisation strategy and has a £171 million Industrial Decarbonisation Fund fixed on green hydrogen and CCS announced in March.

Funding is going to nine projects around the UK, like the South Wales Industrial Cluster, where Lightsource bp is to supply solar power as well as battery storage to generate green hydrogen to power steel and other industry in the region.

Green Hydrogen for Scotland, which was announced first in September last year is expected to play a main part in Glasgow striving for its net zero aim, and in particular to assist in producing a zero emissions vehicle fleet, relying on electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles by the end of 2029. 

“It’s fantastic to be making this next important step towards delivering green hydrogen for Glasgow. Whitelee keeps breaking barriers, first the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, and soon to be home to the UK’s largest electrolyser. The site has played a vital role in helping the UK to decarbonise and we look forward to delivering another vital form of zero carbon energy generation at the site to help Glasgow and Scotland achieve their net zero goals.” (Barry Carruthers,2021)

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