Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) hosted a seminar in November in which it investigated the opportunities that hydrogen could offer the islands. A study to investigate how these opportunities may be accessed, supported by Community Energy Scotland, has been commissioned by the Council.
This work will run in parallel with the Council’s Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub, which is demonstrating how different renewable energy technologies can be integrated to support local energy economies and circular supply chains.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chair of the Comhairle’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, commented: “At the seminar, it was good to learn about hydrogen innovation taking place here in the Outer Hebrides and further afield and to hear from, among others, Nigel Holmes from the Scottish Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Association, and representatives from the growing Orkney Hydrogen sector. In the Comhairle’s revised Energy Strategy, one strand will focus on local Hydrogen production and the benefits it offers to all our communities.”