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19 FEBRUARY 2021

Skills and safety are often mentioned as mission critical for the development of a hydrogen economy, and Orkney is again ahead of the curve. The very first cohort of seafarers to be trained to work on hydrogen powered vessels have now been put through their paces on a new course in Orkney, a key milestone of the HyDIME project.

This new course, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, was developed and delivered in Orkney by Orkney College UHI’s Maritime Studies department in collaboration with Orkney Ferries and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).

10 FEBRUARY 2021

The new GREEN HYSLAND project was officially launched last week. This will help to restart economic growth and bring new skilled jobs to Majorca, building on lessons learned from previous FCH JU projects including BIG HIT in Orkney and HEAVENN in the Northern Netherlands. The project consortium, led by Enagás, features 30 public and private partners from 9 EU countries as well as Chile and Morocco, including several partners from the BIG HIT project in Orkney.

22 JANUARY 2021

Eneus Energy has gained planning consent for its proposed green hydrogen/ammonia plant in Orkney, Scotland, putting the company on track to deliver the first commercial plant of its kind in the UK. The development, along with the proposed wind turbines extension at Hammars Hill, was approved by the Orkney Council Planning Committee at a meeting on 20th January 2021. This expansion of the existing wind farm together with the ammonia plant is an innovative example of a local ‘Power-to-X’ transformational project required to help establish a green hydrogen economy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and deliver net zero.

20 JANUARY 2021

The Orkney Islands are creating the UK's first operationally-based, low-carbon aviation test centre at HIAL’s Kirkwall Airport in the Orkney Islands. Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL) has embarked on a £3.7 million project to develop a sustainable aviation programme that could transform short flight travel between remote communities. Different types of low-carbon aircraft, including hydrogen fuel cell aircraft, will be tested to identify the next generation of air services as well as the operational airport infrastructure necessary to support sustainable aviation. Addressing the challenge to improve UK regional air connectivity and helping to decarbonise the Highlands and Islands region, the innovative project will stimulate job creation and use local renewable energy, supporting Orkney’s net zero ambitions.

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Tuesday, 02 March 2021

As part of their Safety Excellence in Energy series, HSE is running the ‘Safe NetZero 2021 – Hydrogen’ conference on 2-4 March 2021 as an online event. This looks at the evolving work that is helping to deploy hydrogen as an energy vector as part of the UK's commitment to reduce carbon emissions and become 'net zero' by 2050.

'Safe Net Zero 2021 - Hydrogen' will pay particular attention to safety, with an agenda focusing on three key themes of Policies, Standards & Skills; Foundations & Infrastructure; and Advances in Use & Applications

Wednesday, 18 August 2021

Renewable and low carbon energy generation lies at the heart of the All-Energy conference along with vital ‘pillars’ such as energy systems; transmission and networks; hydrogen; energy storage; finance and funding; corporate PPAs and innovation. The Dcarbonise conference is aimed at end-users, focusing on energy efficiency in the built environment and retrofit; low carbon heating; low carbon transport; industry decarbonisation including CCS and CCUS; and smart and sustainable cities.

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Climate Change Solutions have announced Tuesday 7 September 2021 as the 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.