Green hydrogen comes to Glasgow

What may become the UK’s largest electrolyser is in planning stages in Glasgow. Scottish Power submitted a planning application for a green hydrogen facility and a combined solar and battery energy storage scheme at the site with a combined capacity of up to 90MW that will power the facility. The 20MW electrolyser is part of a green hydrogen facility able to produce up to 8 tonnes of green hydrogen per day. The green hydrogen facility will be the first to be built as part of the Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership of ScottishPower, BOC, and ITM Power.

The planning application also includes proposals for a combined solar, up to 40MW, and battery energy storage scheme, up to 50MW, to help power the electrolyser.

The submission is a major step towards the creation of green hydrogen production facilities with clusters of refuelling stations across Scotland.

The partnership’s first project, ‘Green Hydrogen for Glasgow’, is designed to provide carbon-free transport and clean air for communities across Glasgow as well as helping support industrial hydrogen demand in the region. The city, set to host the United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference, COP26, later this year, aims to become the first net-zero city in the UK by 2030.

The proposed green hydrogen project will be led by ScottishPower and located on the outskirts of Glasgow.  The project will be engineered and operated by BOC, using wind and solar power produced by ScottishPower Renewables, and incorporate a 20MW electrolyser, delivered by ITM Power. The project aims to supply hydrogen to the commercial market before 2023.