The Scottish government’s Just Transition Fund has awarded the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) a grant of £2.12 million (US$2.36 million) to fund its Hydrogen Offshore Production Project (HOP2).
HOP2, a four-year project, will show whether scaling up current oil and gas infrastructure for 500 MW to 1 GW of offshore hydrogen production and storage is viable.
The initiative will also assess the possible benefits of a newbuild project for offshore hydrogen production on the UK Continental Shelf and its potential effects on the local Scottish workforce.
In order to achieve net zero energy production by 2040, HOP2 wants to utilize wind resources farther offshore in Scotland. This will be done by exporting hydrogen from a local, centralized site rather than having individual wind farm developers build electrical links to the coast.