A new feasibility study published yesterday by Point and Sandwick Trust has found two viable routes in the Western Isles and West Coast Scotland for ferries powered by hydrogen from local wind farms.
The study assessed the suitability of using new island wind farms to produce zero-carbon ‘green’ hydrogen fuel for future types of clean emission ferries operating between the mainland of Scotland and 22 of the major islands on Scotland’s west coast.
Point and Sandwick Trust collaborated with Wood, Siemens-Gamesa, Engie, ITM Power, Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL), Johnston Carmichael and Ferguson Marine for the project.
The feasibility study examined the manufacture of the hydrogen using local wind power, the challenges of how to handle, transport and store the hydrogen on local piers, and how the frequency and bunkering requirements of each of the nine routes studied affected the amount of hydrogen fuel required.
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