Edinburgh based H2 Green has secured a £500,000 grant from the UK Government’s Net Zero Hydrogen Fund to support the development of a green hydrogen hub in Inverness.
H2 Green, a wholly owned subsidiary of Getech, will construct a green hydrogen production, storage and fuelling facility to decarbonise transport in the Highlands after signing an MOU with the Highland Council last year.
The grant will support development expenditure for the front-end engineering design (FEED) and post-FEED studies for the production facilities, to be located in Inverness. The hub, which is targeting first production in 2025, will be powered by an array of wind and solar PV devices backed by grid-connected renewable energy supply. It will scale from 6MW to 24 MW over time, with the capacity at peak to generate up to 10 tonnes of green hydrogen per day, enough to fuel 400 HGVs.
Luke Johnson, managing director of H2 Green said: “The grant is a significant milestone in our plans to support the Highlands to cut transport emissions using clean, green hydrogen. Transport represents around 30% of the UK’s emissions and our project supports the Government’s ambition to deliver 10GW hydrogen production by 2030, with 5GW of that coming directly from green hydrogen. We are thrilled to have been selected in this highly competitive grant process.”
Dr Graham Cooley, H2 Green Chairman, added: “This grant award is a fantastic step by the UK Government to accelerate H2 Green’s progress in Inverness and in its network of sites across the Scottish Highlands. It is testimony to the hard work of the H2 Green team who have created a bold, exciting and practical project to decarbonise transport and industry in and around Inverness and deliver economic impact across the region.
Chair of Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans, said: “The Highland Council identified early on that the development of green hydrogen infrastructure will play an important role in the region’s progress as a major producer of renewable energy and in delivering our part in meeting national ambitions for net zero.
“H2 Green’s vison for a regional approach in the development of hydrogen infrastructure is an extremely exciting opportunity for the region and fundamental in establishing the area as a leader in the production of a key energy source that will accelerate our transition to clean energy.”
A fuelling station will provide green hydrogen directly to rail, bus and HGV customers, supporting their decarbonisation and net zero strategies. The network will have the capability to distribute surplus hydrogen from the Inverness hub to a wider Highlands area.