Smart Power – a new company formed from two of the UK’s leading ‘green energy’ companies, Clean Power Solutions from Ormskirk and Smart Homes UK from Congleton – has announced that its new research facility which will have a staff of four researchers, will be based at Fife Research Innovation Centre in Methil.
Dr Marc Stanton, Commercial Director, Smart Power, said: ‘The attitude towards renewable energy in Scotland, convinced us that Scotland – and especially the research centre in Methil – were the obvious choice to base our research department’.
Smart Power has developed a method of using redundant, stranded and excess renewable energy and converting it to hydrogen for use as either vehicle or heating fuel.
This system keeps all of the power created from the renewable generation on site within a synthetic grid and can connect to the National Grid. It also means that Scotland could be the first country in the world to develop a significant yydrogen refuelling infrastructure.
Many countries – including Scotland – have a problem with the local electricity network which is not able to accept the power produced. This can lead to uneconomic costs being charged to upgrade the local network and connect to the Grid.
By using a synthetic Grid at the site, all of the power is kept on site and so there is no strain placed upon the National Grid.
Dr Stanton explained: ‘This means that there is no charge for Grid upgrades and that sites that previously faced expensive Grid upgrade charges can now connect for free. In addition, because the system can absorb reactive power, balance power phases, control voltage rises and export its power when required in a very ‘clean’ and controlled manner, it means that the system actually improves the local network’.
‘It means that any site could eliminate their energy bill forever and create an additional income stream from selling Hydrogen fuel to the public’. The UK Government have indicated that they are very keen to develop the Hydrogen refuelling infrastructure with the arrival of Hydrogen powered vehicles due to start, this year.
Smart Power is interested in hearing from other companies in the battery, hydrogen compression, and hydrogen storage industries for joint research initiatives.
Dr Stanton can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org