Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy
, a provider of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions, is now responsible for the entire hydrogen production, distribution and refuelling process for the Belfast Bus Project in Northern Ireland, after successfully securing three notable contract wins.
Earlier this year, the company announced that it had been commissioned to design and install a hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in Belfast. Supporting the ‘roll-out’ of three hydrogen buses in the city, the £1.9 million pilot project was backed by the Irish public transport authority Translink, and represented a considerable step forward in integrating renewable energy alternatives into public transport services.
Logan Energy was also commissioned by Energia Group, to supply and maintain three hydrogen tube trailers to support the safe transportation of hydrogen from the production site to the HRS in the capital.
Logan Energy’s most recent contract, with Areva H2Gen, involves integrating, operating and maintaining a 1MW electrolyser at a wind farm in County Antrim, as well as manufacturing a hydrogen compression module and a filling unit for the hydrogen tube trailer. Hydrogen infrastructure
Bill Ireland, Logan Energy’s CEO, said: “We are proud to play such a significant role in Northern Ireland’s hydrogen infrastructure. It is great to see the country turning to green hydrogen to aid the transition to clean energy, and we are committed to creating a fully integrated system that can meet growing demands for a greener economy.”
Governments in the UK and Europe are beginning to ‘carve out’ a place for hydrogen in the renewables transition. In January 2020, the Scottish government announced a £62 million Energy Transition Fund to support businesses in the oil, gas and energy sectors grow and diversify.
The investment has a focus on the North East of Scotland, which is establishing itself as a hub for hydrogen.
In the Netherlands, the Dutch government recently shared its hydrogen strategy, outlining its ambition to become world leaders in the production and use of green hydrogen. It announced a 132 million euro investment in a 100MW electrolysis system in Denmark producing green hydrogen for e-fuels.
Germany has also placed hydrogen at the forefront of its renewables effort with the recently released German National Hydrogen Strategy
, which sets a target of 5GW of electrolyser capacity by 2030 using renewable electricity.