UK's First Off-Grid Hydrogen Site Invites Potential Buyers
Posted 04/08/2023 12:37
A groundbreaking renewable energy project in Knockshinnoch, near New Cumnock, Ayrshire, is offering potential customers the opportunity to secure a supply of green hydrogen. The 2.5 megawatt site, using wind energy to create green hydrogen off-grid, was awarded a grant through the UK Government's Net Zero Hydrogen Fund. The project, led by global renewable energy developer and operator Renantis, in collaboration with Logan Energy and HIVE Hydrogen, aims to begin production by the summer of 2025.
The green hydrogen produced at the Knockshinnoch site has various applications, including powering hydrogen trucks and buses for UK transport firms and local authorities, with only water as a waste product. It will also be eligible for Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates, helping to meet the UK Government's renewable fuel targets for the transport sector. Additionally, industries can benefit from using green hydrogen to replace fossil fuel energy or existing fossil-intensive feedstocks.
The technology involved in the project utilizes electricity from onsite wind turbines to power electrolysis equipment, which splits water molecules to create hydrogen. The entire process is emission-free and allows for the production of hydrogen in remote locations, avoiding costly grid connection infrastructure.
The project also presents opportunities for local communities to co-invest in green hydrogen and participate in its success. Stefano Socci, hydrogen lead at Renantis, highlighted the potential of green hydrogen to play a significant role in the UK's future energy mix, especially when produced and used locally without grid connection needs. Josh Williamson, director of HIVE Hydrogen, emphasized the project's importance for realizing emissions savings in critical end-user areas.
Potential customers interested in commercial discussions should anticipate demand volumes of up to six tonnes of green hydrogen per week. The project marks a significant step forward in the development of green hydrogen technologies and supports the UK's goals in achieving a renewable and low-carbon future.