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£4.3 million project to power Orkney Islands with green hydrogen

Posted on 25 May 2022 and read 629 times
£4.3 million project to power Orkney Islands with green hydrogenH2GO Power has secured £4.3 million of funding from the Government, to deploy a green hydrogen storage and artificial intelligence (AI) powered energy management system on the Orkney Islands. The project aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of using green hydrogen for utility-scale storage and the commercial use of hydrogen for refuelling stations, industrial heat, and power.

H2GO says the system could remove over 225,000 gallons of diesel over its 30-year lifetime from the use by residents for home heat and power and the resulting CO2emissions. The Orkney Islands have one of the highest concentrations of small and micro wind turbines in the UK, combined with its lack of connection to the UK’s primary utility grid, H2GO believe, it is the ideal location for its technology.

Wind-generated electricity will power water electrolysis to produce hydrogen on site, stored in H2GO’s proprietary storage technology, and used as a reliable green energy source. H2GO has said that it hopes the system will to be able to deliver hydrogen at a cost of $0.25 per kg by 2028.

Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, H2GO Power CEO, added: “This deployment showcases how utilising low-pressure, green hydrogen generated by wind and tidal energy can deliver higher efficiency and lower costs at scale while allowing island residents to depend more on cleaner grid power than their diesel generators.”

“The project has the potential to power up to 70 homes and lower the cost of hydrogen to make the energy competitive with natural gas. At scale, it is technologies like ours that tick all the boxes of the Government’s decarbonisation targets, from economics to security and reliability.”

The system comes from the SHyLO (Solid Hydrogen at Low pressures), project funded by the Department for Buusiness, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), through its Net Zero Innovation Portfolio Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 competition.

H2GO Power leads a consortium including the European Marine Energy Centre Ltd, ARC, Autodesk, HSSMI and the Manufacturing Technology Centre.

Rishav Bhattacharyya, H2GO Powerchief commercial and investment officer, said: “Not only does our solution reduce dependence on fossil fuels, but it also achieves energy security and cost savings and makes green hydrogen deployment safer, reliable, and sustainable.”

“Through this project, we look forward to demonstrating how our hardware and software can be used in applications such as industrial heat and power, gas blending, and long-duration energy storage, delivering a superior value proposition to our customers.

“We deeply value our collaboration with BEIS and the consortium partners in this endeavour and count on the support from our future stakeholders and investment partners to scale our business at a pace that matches the demand in the market and the dire need to decarbonise.”