Scottish and Spanish hydrogen power companies mull further carbon-free fuel collaboration

Logan Energy welcome the Spanish visitation
Logan Energy welcome the Spanish hydrogen delegation

Edinburgh-based hydrogen power company Logan Energy has welcomed a delegation from Spain to showcase its technology at the Levenmouth community energy project.

The visit from the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation and Calvera, a high-pressure compressed gas transport and storage systems company, sought to develop collaboration for opportunities in the UK, Spain and throughout Europe.

It further cemented relationships formed during a trade mission earlier this year to Zaragoza in Spain, which was organised by the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

An H2-based renewable energy balancing system and two mobile refuelling stations provide hydrogen for the project’s fleet of 17 hydrogen-powered vehicles (HPVs)  and balance the private wire grid for the Methil Docks Business Park.

The systems generate and store hydrogen when there is excess renewable energy available. This is then used to power a fuel cell to provide power to the private wire network at times when there is insufficient renewable energy being generated.

The two hydrogen fuel pumps are used to power Europe’s largest fleet of H2 hybrid vehicles which includes vans and refuse collection lorries.

The energy balancing system comprises a 250kWe Proton Exchange Membrane electrolyser, a gas storage arrangement, 100kWe fuel cell and smart control system. The relocatable hydrogen fuelling stations are self-contained modules, based upon standard shipping container dimensions, so they can be readily transported and easily relocated from site to site.

Bill Ireland, Chief Executive, Logan Energy, said: “It was fantastic to welcome these two leading organisations to Scotland and showcase how the real-life application of H2 has been so well established, received and successful at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project. Collaboration is key as we increase the role of H2 in the clean energy revolution.”

“What we have achieved during the first six months at Levenmouth further demonstrates the huge potential of hydrogen as a standalone multisector energy resource that also supports existing energy networks.”

Up to 60kg of hydrogen is stored at the site and reconverted to electricity at times when on-site wind and solar generation is low helping to offset the intermittency of renewable energy, as well as being compressed and dispensed at 350-bar for ultra-low and zero-emission hydrogen-powered vehicles (HPVs).

2 Oct 2017

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