The Flotta Hydrogen Hub is a new £multi-billion project proposal to create a green hydrogen hub on the island of Flotta in Orkney, powered by offshore wind projects in the seas to the west of Orkney. This green hydrogen from offshore wind could be exported to Europe or other destinations, blended into the UK gas grid at St Fergus, and drive forward an international maritime green hydrogen refuelling hub. This significant inward investment would utilise a repurposed area of the Flotta Terminal to offer new employment opportunities for existing workers, with 25+ years of operation and a maritime low carbon refuelling port ensuring that Orkney remains at the heart of the UK's evolving energy revolution.
23 governments responsible for over 90% of global public investment in clean energy innovation have committed to greater action to make clean energy affordable, attractive and accessible to all this decade. The Clean Hydrogen Mission, a new initiative by the Mission Innovation coalition, will unleash the global clean hydrogen economy by reducing the costs of clean hydrogen to the end user to 2 dollar per kilogram by 2030 and helping to deliver at least 100 large-scale integrated hydrogen valleys worldwide.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Orkney this week in pursuit of solutions for tackling climate change and supporting the UK’s green economic recovery. Their Royal Highnesses visited the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal test facility, and met with EMEC’s managing director, Neil Kermode, to hear about the test centre’s role in developing an ocean energy industry and with pioneering green hydrogen deployments including the FCH JU supported BIG HIT project.
The royal couple visited Kirkwall harbour to see EMEC’s hydrogen fuel cell, supplied by SHFCA member Proton Motor of Germany, which is designed to provide up to 75kW of clean power to vessels berthed at Kirkwall Pier. This fuel cell using green hydrogen allows ship engines to be switched off when in harbour, reducing noise and air pollution as well as achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The Scottish Port of Cromarty Firth has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Norwegian firm Gen2 Energy AS to create a commercial pathway to import green hydrogen from Norway into the UK energy market.
The partnership will provide a security of supply for the Cromarty Firth’s own plans for a large scale electrolyser facility, and will guarantee green hydrogen to those who want access to the clean energy by mid-2023, so they have the confidence to make concrete plans to begin switching their infrastructure. The MoU is a massive boost in the bid to establish a green hydrogen hub in the Cromarty Firth, adding a new international angle to its aim to produce, store and supply hydrogen to the Highland region, other parts of Scotland, the UK and Europe.
The COP26 UN climate summit takes place in Glasgow from Monday 1st to Friday 12th November 2021. The Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) together with the UK and its Italian partners have now agreed the new dates for the COP26 UN climate conference which will be held at the SEC in Glasgow.
The agreement followed consultation with UNFCCC members, delivery partners and the international climate community. The conference was originally set to take place in November 2020, but has been postponed due to COVID-19. In the run up to November 2021, the UK as hosts will continue to work with all involved to increase climate action, build resilience and lower emissions. The new date will also allow the UK and our Italian partners to harness their incoming G7 and G20 presidencies in driving climate ambition.
Climate Change Solutions have announced Tuesday 16 November 2021 as the rescheduled date for their Hydrogen & Fuel Cells – The Time is Now UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell conference.
This well established and highly respected event is now in its 17th year, and will look at both the Hydrogen Economy and also the range of applications for Fuel Cells. Sessions will focus on the Production, Distribution and Use of Hydrogen. Market demand for hydrogen will cover transport applications as well as remote and stationary power.
The second edition of the European Hydrogen Week will take place on 29 November – 3 December 2021. The Hydrogen Week will feature among others the European Hydrogen Forum, the FCH JU Programme Review Days and the FCH JU Awards.
The events will bring together policy-makers, industry representatives, civil society organisations and the research community to discuss the latest developments at EU level in the hydrogen sector and will mark the public launch of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership – as the successor of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Undertaking.