Via Kristy Dorsey
The companies behind the plans for a new £ 45 million hydrogen production facility in central Scotland have announced the site of the facility, which is planned to be partially operational prior to the delayed COP26 conference in Glasgow next year.
The plant is being built and is to be constructed at Lesmahagow in Lanarkshire by the Scottish energy company Hy2Go. Work is expected to start early next year after Ryse Hydrogen, led by Jo Bamford, an industrialist and JCB heir, committed to a “significant off-take” of fuel once production starts.
The 51-acre site will have a 9-MW electrolyzer feeding its own wind turbines and solar panels that extract hydrogen from water, ensuring the entire process will be carbon-free. The electrolyzer can be extended to 20 MW in the second expansion process, raising the initial production of 800,000 kg of hydrogen per year to one million kg per year.
This will be the equivalent of 7,500 cars on Scotland’s roads per year at the top end of demand.
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In addition to Ryse, Wrightbus, the maker of what is believed to be the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus, is also operated by Bamford. The first of these vehicles was unveiled last month on the streets of Aberdeen.
Brendan Flood, Chairman of Hy2Go, said he was “excited” about the Glasgow project.
“With the Wrightbus fleet on the streets of Aberdeen and Glasgow already having a fleet of hydrogen-powered gritting vehicles, the need for Scotland to produce its own green hydrogen is clear,” he said.
The news follows the announcement in September of a similar project in which a 10 MW hydrogen production plant near Whitelee Windfarm will be jointly built by ScottishPower, BOC and ITM Power. The planning authorisation for this project is planned to be presented in the next few months, with delivery to the commercial sector within the next two years.
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Mr. Bamford said Ryse and Hy2Go’s plans offer the “inspiring prospect” of Scottish-made hydrogen being used to transport COP26 delegates in Glasgow.
“This would be an ideal demonstration to the world that Scotland is perfectly positioned to be a world leader in hydrogen production because of its abundance of wind and water, the two ingredients needed to make hydrogen,” he said.
The project is expected to create 16 jobs during construction of the plant and another 16 permanent jobs afterward.