Hydrogen from renewables set to power HebCelt music festival

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The 25th HebCelt festival, returning to the Outer Hebrides this summer (13-16 July), will be powered by green hydrogen from renewable electricity generated on the Scottish islands.

PlusZero branded generator using hydrogen

Portable generators (see picture on left), supplied by PlusZero, will provide clean power to the event’s Islands Stage, sourced from the company’s Green Hydrogen production facility in Stornoway. The zero-emissions energy will be used for three days and nights, powering 12 different acts, in what is thought to be the first time a festival in Scotland has run a full stage consecutively for the duration of a whole event on green hydrogen.

The green hydrogen production facility, located at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Creed Park, Stornoway, was powered up in April this year. A process known as electrolysis creates said hydrogen, using surplus electricity generated by onshore renewable energy systems located locally on the Western Isles.

David Amos, Managing Director at PlusZero said:

“For 25 years, the HebCelt Festival has brought together Scotland’s best traditional musicians and creatives to celebrate our shared musical heritage and culture.

“To provide zero-emissions power for this iconic event that has such a strong community identity, using Green Hydrogen produced here in the Outer Hebrides, is a source of great pride for PlusZero.”

Caroline Maclennan, Festival Director for HebCelt said:

“HebCelt has always been committed to finding ways to lessen our carbon emissions and to have an environmentally sensitive event. To be able to make this significant step, which will see truly green energy used for one of our stages throughout the festival, is very welcome. The fact that we can source the power from a local provider who in turn is using renewable energy in the production process makes this development all the more attractive.

“We are grateful to EventScotland whose funding helps to make this possible. Their continued support has been vital to our bouncing back from the pandemic. We are also delighted to be working with PlusZero who are breaking new ground with their innovative technology and ideas. We are sure our festival-goers will be excited to hear that we are doing everything we can for the environment.”

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