Orkney rolls-out expansion of ‘green’ hydrogen tanker trailer fleet

Nigel Holmes, SHFCA, welcomes the handover of a new hydrogen-tube tanker trailer.
Nigel Holmes, SHFCA, (left) and colleagues welcome the handover of a new hydrogen-tube tanker trailer. (Photography EMEC).

The BIG HIT green energy programme in Orkney has marked another milestone along the renewable road with the official handover of two hydrogen tanker trailers from supplier Calvera.

These new trailers for the safe and efficient transportation of ‘green hydrogen’ increase the Orkney fleet of hydrogen tube trailers to five.

This is a significant step in the Orkney Islands as part of the £10.9 million EU-supported Building Innovative Green Hydrogen systems in an Isolated Territory programme (BIG HIT).

The ‘green hydrogen’ is produced on-site at the European Marine Energy Centre on the northern island of Eday. The hydrogen is then transported to Kirkwall by the fleet of hydrogen-tube trailers aboard the inter-island ferry service. 

This locally produced ‘green hydrogen’ supplies the hydrogen fuel cell installed at Kirkwall Harbour and will also be used by the local cooncil’s fleet of hydro-powered vans.

Nigel Holmes, chief executive of the Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association and BIG HIT spokesman, commented: “Delivery of these two hydrogen tube trailers is another important step for BIG HIT.

“This project is developing our low carbon energy systems capabilities in Scotland, and we are delighted to be part of this Europe-wide team.”

BIG HIT is demonstrating the important role of hydrogen and fuel cells for realising additional local benefits from renewable energy, and this great project will help many other islands and communities to achieve similar benefits.”

3 March 2018

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