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How can Scotland achieve its’ hydrogen production potential?

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The Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC) has launched a report featuring recommendations on ways Scotland can achieve its’ hydrogen production potential and establish itself as a leading exporter of green hydrogen.

The ‘Energy Hubs: Fill the Backbone’ report, phase one of the Scottish government funded energy hubs project, examined the infrastructure, long-term investment and technological innovations that will enable commercially viable and efficient energy hubs to be developed in several key locations throughout Scotland, with the potential to reach 35GW of hydrogen production capacity by 2045.

To realise this potential and capitalise on future export opportunities, the report recommends specific actions including:

  • Rapid investment targeted at next generation technologies and manufacturing processes to accelerate floating offshore wind
  • Innovations in electrolyser technologies to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production while reducing system costs
  • Development of highly efficient energy storage facilities with GWh capacities
  • Optimising the integration of energy vectors within Energy Hubs, along with exploring further opportunities in alternative fuels and byproducts.

The second phase of the project will continue to focus on the challenges of hydrogen and alternative fuels production while exploring the concept of a ‘Super Hub’ – the integration of several large-scale energy hubs to optimise their combined performance and achieve economies of scale.

Darren Gee, Programme Manager at NZTC, said:

“As the European hydrogen market expands, Scotland has the opportunity to establish itself as a leading producer and exporter of green hydrogen, positioning it as a major player in the future energy mix.

“The Energy Hubs project marks the formulation of an actionable plan for large-scale production, underscoring the critical need for investment, infrastructure, and technological innovation. To address identified challenges, accelerating the development of smaller-scale projects is crucial. This approach will allow us to gain experience and establish a robust supply chain capable of supporting the pivotal large-scale projects necessary to seize this opportunity.”

The report is available to download from the NZTC website

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