Update on Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project

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ITM Power, along with project partners ScottishPower and BOC, has given an update on the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project.

A planning proposal for a 20MW electrolyzer to be located at ScottishPower Renewables’ Whitelee wind farm near Glasgow, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, has now been submitted. In addition to industry demand, the proposed electrolyser scale capability has been doubled. ScottishPower anticipates that a decision on the planning proposal will be made by the end of autumn 2021.

As part of the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project, the Whitlee wind farm is the first site for which planning consent has been obtained. The initiative aims to bring carbon-free transportation and clean air to neighborhoods in the capital, which aspires to be the first net-zero city in the UK by 2030.

ScottishPower will lead the planned green hydrogen project, which will be built on the outskirts of Glasgow. BOC will design and run the plant, which will use wind and solar power generated by ScottishPower Renewables, as well as a 20MW electrolyzer supplied by ITM Power. The project’s aim is to provide hydrogen to the commercial market by 2023.

The Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project, which is part of the larger Green Hydrogen for Scotland collaboration, was unveiled in September 2020. The submission is a significant step forward in the collaboration between ScottishPower, BOC, and ITM Power to develop renewable hydrogen processing facilities with clusters of refueling stations around Scotland.

These clusters would allow Scotland’s plentiful sustainable wind and power generation ability to be converted to hydrogen for use in cars, thus assisting efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2045.

“This is an exciting milestone based on market development for green hydrogen for the city of Glasgow, that will see the UK’s largest electrolyser deployment to date being realised in Scotland.”

Graham Cooley, CEO ITM Power.

“With all eyes set to be on Glasgow later this year as the city hosts the UN’s 26th climate change conference, COP26, 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, ScottishPower’s hydrogen director.

“The scale of this project demonstrates the growing demand for clean hydrogen and as a member of the Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership, we’re delighted to bring our hydrogen mobility and refuelling project expertise to help deliver a ground-breaking facility in Glasgow.”

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

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