UK-built hydrogen buses powered by Scottish-made green hydrogen, transporting COP26 delegates around Glasgow in 2021: that’s the vision of a new £45m project unveiled today (3rd Nov).
Scottish energy firm Hy2Go has revealed plans for a first-of-its-kind commercial green hydrogen production hub in Scotland, to be located at Lesmahagow, in Lanarkshire.
Work is expected to begin on the project in early 2021, with the facility partially up and running later in the year – and in time to provide Scottish hydrogen fuel to transport COP26 delegates around Glasgow.
The 51-acre site will have its own wind turbines and solar panels which will feed a 9MW hydrogen electrolyser, with the capacity to increase the electrolyser size to 20MW in a second-phase expansion.
The facility will initially produce 800,000kg of hydrogen per annum, with production eventually increasing to one million kg per annum.
Use of this green hydrogen would be the equivalent of removing 7,500 cars off Scottish roads every year.
Ryse Hydrogen has signed a significant offtake agreement with Hy2Go for the plant’s hydrogen once fuel production commences.
Ryse was founded by JCB heir Jo Bamford, who also owns Wrightbus – the creator of the world’s first hydrogen double decker buses, the first of which were launched onto the streets of Aberdeen earlier month.
“With the fleet of Wrightbuses on the streets of Aberdeen, and Glasgow already in possession of a fleet of hydrogen-powered gritters with refuse trucks on their way, the need for Scotland to produce its own green hydrogen is clear,” Hy2Go Chairman Brendan Flood said.
“This facility will not only make Glasgow a strategically important part of the hydrogen economy, but will put Scotland and the UK on the hydrogen map.”
“The global hydrogen sector is gathering pace and we intend to be at the forefront of the energy revolution.”
Bamford added, “There is now the inspirational prospect of Scottish-made hydrogen being used to transport COP26 delegates around Glasgow.”
“This would be an ideal demonstration to the world that Scotland is perfectly placed to be a world-leader in hydrogen production because of its abundance of wind and water, which are the two ingredients you need to make hydrogen.”