Green Light for Hydrogen-Powered Spirits

By August 18, 2022 4   min read  (646 words)

August 18, 2022 |

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Hydrogen experts Logan Energy and renewables specialists Locogen are welcoming the news that planning permission has been granted for their wind turbine and electrolyser project at Arbikie Distillery near Montrose.

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Arbikie Distillery, external

The development will enable the distillery to power its operations from environmentally-sustainable green hydrogen – that is hydrogen created using renewable electricity from the wind turbine and local water sources.

The project has been enabled by a £3 million funding award from the UK Government Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Green Distilleries competition.

Planning permission for the wind turbine, connecting cables and hydrogen electrolyser compound has now been granted by Angus Council with unanimous support from councillors.

Logan Energy and Locogen are preparing equipment and speaking to suppliers, and expect to start work on site at Arbikie later this summer, with installation of the wind turbine scheduled for November. The aim is for the new hydrogen system to be in operation next year. It will help displace the oil which the distillery currently uses to make steam for the distillation process.

The Green Distilleries fund aims to help distilleries cut CO2 emissions by one million tonnes, contributing to Scottish and UK net zero targets.

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Bill Ireland, CEO Logan Energy

Burning hydrogen does not release any carbon emissions and therefore the Arbikie project represents a clean fuel alternative to current practices. The project will demonstrate the technical feasibility of using hydrogen in distillation and similar processes. It has huge potential to be replicated in other industry settings.

Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said:

“As demand to switch to net zero technologies continues to grow, this project is a further example of the important role hydrogen can play. We’re incredibly proud to be supporting businesses with their net zero ambitions, and especially so in this project as we are helping a Scottish distillery demonstrate real green credentials.“

Andy Lyle, CEO of Locogen, said:

“This is a great step forward for Arbikie as we help them demonstrate how distilleries, and the wider process industries, can use new technologies to create cleaner, sustainable businesses.”

John Stirling, Director at Arbikie Distillery, said:

“We are delighted to see this project moving forward with Locogen and Logan Energy. We aim to be one of the world’s most sustainable distilleries so being able to use green hydrogen power will be another significant step in our sustainability journey.”

The Arbikie project will comprise a single 1MW wind turbine on Arbikie’s farmland, which will export its generation to a green hydrogen hub via a dedicated private wire. The green hydrogen hub will be based at Arbikie Distillery and comprise an electrolyser, compressor and storage.

Green hydrogen will be created by the electrolyser and a direct pipe will take the stored hydrogen from the storage vessel to the existing plant room. A burner and boiler compatible with burning hydrogen will then be used to create steam which will deliver the heat for distillation.

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Arbikie distillation

 About Logan Energy

Logan Energy has extensive experience and a proven track record in delivering projects and solutions in the hydrogen and clean energy sectors. It specialises in integrated engineering solutions incorporating hydrogen technologies, including production, refuelling, storage, distribution, and fuel cells. It offers a full turnkey service from project inception and feasibility, design development, manufacturing, installation, and operation and maintenance.

Logan Energy has built up over twenty-six years of expertise in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. To date, it has designed, built, and installed hydrogen production & refuelling stations for the UK & European markets and is currently constructing further stations for buses, vans, passenger vehicles, and heavy-duty vehicles. It has also installed, commissioned, and maintained over 1MWe of fuel cells providing heat, power, and cooling in landmark buildings in the UK.

Logan Energy continues to provide independent advice and expertise to a wide range of blue-chip clients.

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