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‘Green Hydrogen for Scotland’ to help reach net zero targets

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‘Green Hydrogen for Scotland’ –a collaboration between ScottishPower Renewables, BOC –a Linde company and ITM Power –brings together industry-leading names in the renewables and clean fuel industries to deliver a ‘end-to-end’ market solution for vehicle emissions reduction through green hydrogen supplies.

Hydrogen fuel is produced by a chemical process known as electrolysis, using an electrolyser to remove hydrogen from water, which is especially necessary for larger vehicles.

The proposed ‘Green Hydrogen for Scotland’ designed facilities would ensure that zero emission fuel is readily available to organisations such as local authorities and others with heavy duty vehicle fleets.

The first initiative of the collaboration, ‘Green Hydrogen for Glasgow,’ aims to provide carbon-free transportation and clean air for neighborhoods around the city, which is scheduled to become the first net-zero city in the UK by 2030.

BOC will operate a proposed green hydrogen production plant located on the outskirts of the city, using wind and solar power generated by ScottishPower Renewables to operate a 10MW electrolyser supplied by ITM Power. Over the next two years, the project intends to supply hydrogen to the commercial market.

It also supports the decarbonisation goals of the Scottish Government and the pledge of Glasgow City Council to build a zero emission vehicle fleet using only electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles by the end of 2029.

“Making transport cleaner and greener is one of the key issues at the heart of how we can unlock net zero and achieve the ambitious climate change targets set out at both regional and national levels over the next 10-30 years.

“While electrification will play a significant role in taking petrol and diesel vehicles off our roads and make an important difference for the planet, it can only go so far, and we’re doing something about that. Our revolutionary approach – which really will be a game-changer – fully supports the large scale transformation needed to replace heavy diesel vehicles with cleaner, greener alternatives.

“By working with industry leaders ITM Power and BOC to bring our collective expertise together, we will maximise the potential of this new technology to offer fleet operators and industry a packaged solution that brings all of the pieces of the jigsaw together – production, distribution, supply. All they have to do is provide the vehicles. We have a huge opportunity here to bring net zero ever closer for the benefit of everyone and support a better future, quicker – and we will make it happen.”

Lindsay McQuade, CEO of ScottishPower Renewables.

“Forward-thinking councils are putting green hydrogen at the centre of their transport strategies to help achieve their net-zero targets. We already operate Europe’s largest hydrogen production and refuelling site in Aberdeen and are looking forward to working with councils across Scotland to develop more projects in partnership with SPR and ITM Power.”

Mark Griffin, market development manager for clean fuels at BOC.

“This project provides the opportunity to fulfil Scotland’s rich potential for the simultaneous decarbonisation of power and transport fuel.  ITM Power is proud to be participating in this project with our strategic partners.

“Green Hydrogen for Glasgow is an important step forward for the city’s net zero targets and enables Scotland to demonstrate that its most densely populated urban areas can fully utilise its abundant local renewable energy resources to decarbonise its transport system and industry.”

Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power.
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