New hydrogen energy project opens on Orkney

Surf 'n Turf hydrogen storage cylinders and mobile storage unit, and the Eday turbine. PHOTO Colin Keldie
Surf ‘n Turf hydrogen storage cylinders and mobile storage unit, and the Eday turbine. PHOTO Colin Keldie

The new Surf ‘n’ Turf hydrogen energy project has been officially opened in Orkney by the Scottish Energy Minister.

Surf ‘n’ Turf is so named because it stores energy from tidal and wind generators as hydrogen. Based in Eday, the system draws renewable electricity either from tidal turbines at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC’s) tidal test site, or from the onshore wind turbine run by the Eday community.

An electrolyser uses the electricity to split water (H2O) into its component parts – hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2).As it is produced from renewable electricity, hydrogen is a clean fuel that causes no carbon emissions.

The project received £1.3m of Scottish Government funding through the Local Energy Challenge Fund, and has now installed the facilities to make, move and use the gas.

The first hydrogen ever to be produced from tidal energy was generated on Orkney last month.

Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, commented: “The project also adds to our growing understanding of the potential role of hydrogen in Scotland’s future energy system.”

Surf ‘n’ Turf is led by the Kirkwall based team from Community Energy Scotland, which works with Eday Renewable Energy, ITM Power and the European Marine Energy Centre.

28 Sept 2017

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