SSE, Siemens Gamesa to make green hydrogen from Scottish, Irish onshore wind
The Hadyard Hill wind farm. Source: SSE (www.sse.com).
SSE Renewables, a unit of UK utility SSE plc (LON:SSE), and Spain-based wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) will partner to produce green hydrogen at two onshore wind farms in Scotland and Ireland.
The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this end, SSE Renewables said on Monday. The two plan to co-locate electrolysers at one wind farm in Scotland and one Ireland, which will be announced in due course.
The parties will aim to cover the entire green hydrogen value chain and to work with customers in a number of industries including transportation, major distilleries and gas network operators.
The partnership will seek to prove the feasibility of green hydrogen production co-located with wind farms and pave the way for the development of the technology at scale.
Siemens Gamesa is already involved in the Brande Hydrogen pilot project in Denmark that combines a battery, a turbine and an electrolyser.
The pact comes as hydrogen is expected to be key to the decarbonisation of hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy industry and transport. The UK has a target of 5 GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030.
Jim Smith, managing director of SSE Renewables, said that “the revolutionary production of green hydrogen from wind energy offers wider opportunity for markets such as Scotland and Ireland to further exploit our abundant wind resources.”
SSE Renewables say it is well positioned to power a green hydrogen economy with its 4-GW operational renewable portfolio and a development pipeline featuring over 1 GW of onshore wind, as well as a large offshore wind pipeline.