Scotland unveils Hydrogen Action Plan with 25GW aspirations by 2045

Scotland has today (December 14) unveiled its Hydrogen Action Plan, laying out the ambition to boast a low-carbon hydrogen production capacity of 5GW by 2030, and 25GW by 2045.

In doing so, the Scottish Government has committed £100m ($123m) in funding for renewable hydrogen projects, through the Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, launched in June 2022, and the Green Hydrogen Fund, opening in 2023.

The 5GW goal translates to 17.TWh and over 450,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year, which the Government estimates is equivalent to 15% of Scotland’s total 161TWh energy demand per annum.

Coming in line with the Net Zero Technology Centre’s (NZTC) announcement earlier today that it was kicking off a project to develop a hydrogen export route from Scotland to the Netherlands utilising liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC), the Government in its plan noted the opportunity for export from the nation, which it has predicted could contribute between £5bn and £25bn a year by 2025, depending on scale of exports.

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