ITM Power and Scottish Power Bring UK’s Largest Green Hydrogen Plant to Glasgow

By April 12, 2021 4   min read  (828 words)

April 12, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, ITM Power and Scottish Power Bring UK's Largest Green Hydrogen Plant to Glasgow
  • Electolyser Capacity Doubled at First Green Hydrogen for Glasgow Project
  • Planning application submitted for UK’s largest electrolyser facility

ITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to provide an update on the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project with project partners ScottishPower and BOC.

A planning application has now been made for a 20MW electrolyser to be sited at ScottishPower Renewables’ Whitelee Wind Farm near Glasgow, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm. This represents a doubling in the planned electrolyser scale capacity and is in response to market demand.  ScottishPower expects a decision on the planning application by the end of autumn 2021.

The Whitlee Wind Farm is the first site for which planning permission has been sought as part of the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project.  The project is designed to provide carbon-free transport and clean air for communities across the city, which wants to become the first net-zero city in the UK by 2030.

The proposed green hydrogen project will be led by ScottishPower and located on the outskirts of Glasgow.  The project will be engineered and operated by BOC, using wind and solar power produced by ScottishPower Renewables, and incorporate a 20MW electrolyser, delivered by ITM Power.  The project aims to supply hydrogen to the commercial market before 2023.

The Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project was announced in September 2020, as part of a wider Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership.  The submission marks an important step for the partnership between ScottishPower, BOC and ITM Power to create green hydrogen production facilities with clusters of refuelling stations across Scotland.  These clusters will allow Scotland’s abundant renewable wind and power generation capacity to be converted to hydrogen for use by vehicles, supporting efforts to achieve net zero by 2045.

Graham Cooley CEO ITM Power, commented: “This is an exciting milestone based on market development for green hydrogen for the city of Glasgow, that will see the UK’s largest electrolyser deployment to date being realised in Scotland.”

Barry Carruthers, ScottishPower’s Hydrogen Director, said: “With all eyes set to be on Glasgow later this year as the city hosts the UN’s 26th climate change conference, COP26, it’s fantastic to be making this next important step towards delivering green hydrogen for Glasgow.

“Whitelee keeps breaking barriers, first the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, and soon to be home to the UK’s largest electrolyser. The site has played a vital role in helping the UK to decarbonise and we look forward to delivering another vital form of zero carbon energy generation at the site to help Glasgow and Scotland achieve their net zero goals.”

Mark Griffin, Hydrogen Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels at BOC said: “The scale of this project demonstrates the growing demand for clean hydrogen and as a member of the Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership, we’re delighted to bring our hydrogen mobility and refuelling project expertise to help deliver a ground-breaking facility in Glasgow.”

About Green Hydrogen for Glasgow

Green Hydrogen for Glasgow will support Glasgow City Council’s ambition to create a zero emissions vehicle fleet, using only electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles by the end of 2029. The green hydrogen facility at Whitelee, Scotland’s largest onshore wind farm, will house a 20MW electrolyser and would be able to produce up to 8 tonnes of green hydrogen per day, roughly equivalent to fueling 550 buses to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh and back again each day. The facility will be powered by the 40MW solar farm, across 62,000 individual solar cells, and a 50MW battery energy storage scheme which are also part of the planning submission. The facility, solar farm and battery will be installed about 5km west of Lochgoin Reservoir and adjacent to the existing Whitelee Extension substation.

About ITM Power plc:

ITM Power plc manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of renewable hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. ITM Power plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in 2004. In October 2019, the Company announced the completion of a £58.8 million fundraising, including an investment by Linde of £38 million, together with the formation of a joint venture with Linde to focus on delivering renewable hydrogen to large-scale industrial projects worldwide. ITM Power signed a deal to deploy a 10MW electrolyser at Shell’s Rhineland refinery. In November 2020, ITM Power completed a £172m fundraising, including a £30m investment by Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure operators. ITM Power operates from the world’s largest electrolyser factory in Sheffield with a capacity of 1GW (1,000MW) per annum. ITM Power received an order for the world’s largest PEM electrolyser of 24MW from Linde in January 2021. Other customers and partners include Sumitomo, Ørsted, Phillips 66, Scottish Power, Siemens Gamesa, Cadent, Northern Gas Networks, Gasunie, RWE, Engie, GNVert, National Express, Toyota, Hyundai and Anglo American among others.

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