UK govt funds Phase 1 of 20-MW Scottish electrolyser project

Hydrogen tanks. Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

November 22 (Renewables Now) - The UK government has awarded GBP 9.4 million (USD 12.6m/EUR 11.2m) in funding to the first phase of what will be the country’s largest electrolyser -- a 20-MW hydrogen production facility powered by solar energy in Scotland.

The electrolyser project was put forward by the Green Hydrogen for Scotland Consortium formed by ScottishPower, industrial gases provider BOC Ltd and UK hydrogen energy solutions company ITM Power Plc (LON:ITM). The trio envisages installing the capacity at the site of the 539-MW Whitelee wind farm of ScottishPower Renewables near Glasgow as part of the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow scheme.

ITM Power said on Monday that the government funding covers a 10-MW portion of the Whitelee Windfarm hydrogen production and storage initiative. The financing was awarded through the government’s Energy Innovation Portfolio competition.

The production process will be fuelled by power coming from a 40-MW solar farm and a 50-MW battery. First supplies to the commercial market are expected to be made by the end of 2023.

ITM Power will deliver the project.

(GBP 1.0 = USD 1.343/EUR 1.192)

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