The Western Isles, an island chain located off the west coast of mainland Scotland, is looking at the opportunities the integration of hydrogen could propose.
With the best wind resource in the Northern Hemisphere, the Western Isles are well positioned to manufacture hydrogen from renewable energy.
“The Comhairle (Council) has been active in hydrogen since 2010 when an electrolyser was installed at Creed Park Recycling Centre,” said Councillor Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Comhairle’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
“Now we are powering our own Hydrogen Refuse Collection Vehicle, one of only five in Scotland, from electrolyser hydrogen and hydrogen produced by the innovative OHLEH project.”
“In addition, over the past few months, the Comhairle has engaged with commercial partners to explore the use of hydrogen produced in the islands in local heat networks.”
Whilst the Western Isles Council continues to build on its hydrogen and wider energy strategies, a study supported by Community Energy Scotland has also been commissioned to look at where additional hydrogen opportunities may lie and how they can be accessed.