General – Green hydrogen hat trick
Clean energy major ScottishPower secured a green hydrogen hat trick in the UK Government’s Powering Up Britain green day announcements.
Its 100MW Port of Felixstowe project, in partnership with Hutchison Ports, moved a step closer by securing nearly £2m in government funding for a feasibility study for a green hydrogen production plant at the port.
The project aims to create a clean fuels hub that could help decarbonise heavy industry and heavy transport in the region.
Two other ScottishPower green hydrogen projects have been shortlisted for support with the Cromarty and Whitelee green hydrogen projects in line for funding.
The wins wrap up a week of green power announcements for the company with ScottishPower and Iberdrola Chairman Ignacio Galán meeting the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Rishi Sunak, and Energy Minister Grant Shapps to discuss its £10bn investments across the UK, including greenlight a £1.3bn turbine contract for the new East Anglia Three Offshore Wind farm.
Today’s green hydrogen funding announcements are part of the government’s Powering Up Britain strategy, an aim to kickstart the hydrogen economy.
The Cromarty Green Hydrogen plant will be based at ScottishPower Renewables’ 29MW Beinn Tharsuinn windfarm, with the facility producing green hydrogen, powered by 100% renewable electricity from on-site wind generation and solar PV imported from the grid.
The project, in partnership with Storegga, will have the capacity to produce around 11 tonnes of green hydrogen per day, which will be used to decarbonise heavy industry and transport, including the region’s famous whisky distilleries.
The Whitelee 10MW project will be capable of up to four tonnes of hydrogen per day. The green hydrogen plant will be powered by a mix of technologies at one of Europe’s largest onshore wind farms which also includes a new solar farm and battery energy storage alongside the existing windfarm.
The hydrogen will be used to provide a zero-carbon fuel for heavy transport and high temperature industrial processes, helping to decarbonise local transport and improve air quality for communities across Glasgow and wider region.