£10m EU project to use tidal power to generate hydrogen fuel is launched on Orkney

The 'ocean-going' SR 2000 sea-surface floating tidal turbine. Placed upright, it would stand higher than the Sir Walter Scott monument in Edinburgh.
The ‘ocean-going’ SR 2000 sea-surface floating tidal turbine will provide power for the hydrogen electrolyser.

A new £10 million EU-funded project to use tidal power to generate hydrogen as a fuel for use via national grid has been launched in Orkney.

Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) – which is based in the Orkney islands – the Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project brings together partners from across the France, Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands to tackle grid export limitations faced in remote areas such as Orkney.

The project has been launched to develop an all-in-one solution for the generation of clean predictable energy, grid management, and the production of hydrogen from excess capacity.

Private sector partners include Scotrenewables Tidal Power alongside a number of universities and the Normandy Development Agency of France.

The project will deliver an onshore energy management system at EMEC’s Fall of Warness tidal test site, off the northern Orkney island of Eday. This will support the production of hydrogen using an AREVA H2Gen electrolyser, the first to be deployed in the UK, which will be powered by Scotrenewables’ next generation 2-MW floating tidal energy converter, the SR2-2000.

An EMEC spokesman commented: “With ever-large amounts of variable renewable energy generation being added to the European grid, issues around energy system management are requiring an even more integrated approach.  

“By combining world-leading technology developed in Europe with EMEC’s research infrastructure, we will demonstrate how predictable renewable tidal energy combined with hydrogen, can enable decarbonisation across the electricity, heat and transport sectors.”

13 Jun 2018

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