Point and Sandwick Trust, in collaboration with a number of industry partners, has published a feasibility study to assess the feasibility of using hydrogen produced from local wind farms to power ferry services operating in the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland.
Other project partners are Wood, Siemens-Gamesa, Engie, ITM, CMAL, Johnston Carmichael and Ferguson Marine.
The study was part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.
Trials elsewhere have used surplus or electricity to drive small ferries, but the Point and Sandwick Trust study is the first to look at the feasibility of using electricity derived from a local wind farm built specifically to power shipping.
The assessment concluded that, of the routes analysed, the two most viable ferry routes for conversion to hydrogen are Barra to Eriskay and Stornoway to Ullapool.