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Hydrogen to power Scottish festival in the Western Isles
Hydrogen to power Scottish festival in the Western Isles

Hydrogen to power Scottish festival in the Western Isles

A clean power start-up based in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland, is set to provide zero-emission power from hydrogen to an iconic festival in the Western Isles this summer.

Harris-based PlusZero revealed today (June 15), that is plans to replace diesel generators at the HebCelt Festival with green hydrogen-powered alternatives for the Outer Hebridean festival’s 25th anniversary.

The innovative combustion engine generator is set to be fuelled by hydrogen produced at PlusZero’s production facility in Stornoway, Lewis and Harris from renewable electricity.

The clean generator is set to power a stage in the main area of the festival for three days and nights, hosting 12 different acts, in a bid to prove that festivals can rely on clean hydrogen power.

David Amos, Managing Director at PlusZero, said, “For 25 years, the HebCelt Festival has brought together Scotland’s best traditional musicians and creatives to celebrate our shared musical heritage and culture.

“To provide zero-emissions power for this iconic event that has such a strong community identity, using Green Hydrogen produced here in the Outer Hebrides, is a source of great pride for PlusZero.

“Though rooted in tradition, the festival’s commitments to environmental well-being speak to the progressiveness of the Western Isles community.

“PlusZero’s partnership with HebCelt demonstrates that we can share in the joy of live music events whilst at the same time minimising the impact of their footprint on our precious environment, preserving it for generations to come.”

Caroline Maclennan, Festival Director for HebCelt, commented, “HebCelt has always been committed to finding ways to lessen our carbon emissions and to have an environmentally sensitive event.

“To be able to make this significant step, which will see truly green energy used for one of our stages throughout the festival, is very welcome. The fact that we can source the power from a local provider who in turn is using renewable energy in the production process makes this development all the more attractive.”

H2 View understands that VisitScotland provided funding for the hydrogen-powered generators.

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