Upgrades planned for Orkney hydrogen plant

Upgrades planned for Orkney hydrogen plant

Clean energy solutions provider, H2Tec Limited, has been chosen to perform key upgrades to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)’s hydrogen production plant in Orkney.

The Logan Energy subsidiary will carry out programme upgrades as part of the €11.7m project, Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG), funded by the European Union’s regional development body, Interreg North-West Europe.

Work included in the contract consists of improvements to the efficiency of the system by procuring, installing, pressure testing and commissioning an essential pipework control panel to connect newly generated hydrogen to on-site storage tanks.

EMEC’s hydrogen production facilities were installed on the island of Eday to harness surplus wind and tidal power to generate hydrogen via electrolysis.

The hydrogen stores the excess energy, which can then be used locally when needed, helping to decarbonise power, heat and transport applications.

H2Tec’s program upgrades will support this effort by optimising new and existing equipment to improve efficiency between the hydrogen production plant and storage facilities at the Caldale site on Eday.

Commenting on the contract, Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said,” The Orkney Islands, and the sea around them, possess fantastic natural energy resources, which cannot be fully utilised at present because of the islands’ limited grid connection with mainland Scotland.”

“Oftentimes, capacity restrictions in power cables lead to wind energy production being capped, in a process known as curtailment but hydrogen generation from renewables can offer a solution by storing energy that would otherwise be wasted.”

The ITEG project is due for completion in 2021.

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