The Levenmouth Community Energy Project has reached a major milestone as the Toshiba control system is operational.
The Methil site can now maximise its use of renewable power as hydrogen vehicle refuelling begins. This concludes the final commissioning step of the project. Both sites, Methil and Bankhead are now focused on the ongoing optimization of the systems ahead of the official launch.
The new Scottish Energy Strategy ‘The Future of Energy in Scotland’ sets out a clear target for renewable energy to meet the equivalent of 50% of Scotland’s total energy needs by 2030. Hydrogen produced from renewables will play an important part in achieving this goal.
At Methil, wind power and solar power is used to generate green hydrogen, which is stored on site. This hydrogen is then used for supplying energy to the surrounding business park, dispensing into vehicles and providing hydrogen for the Council’s Bankhead refueling station, in Glenrothes. The fleet of 17 hybrid low emission vehicles will be able to access the refuellers at both sites, reducing emissions from transport in Fife.
The key partners involved in the Levenmouth project are Bright Green Hydrogen, Fife Council and Toshiba.
George Archibald, chief executive at Bright Green Hydrogen said: “It’s great news that this key stage in the project is now complete.
“The Levenmouth project demonstrates how we can use locally produced hydrogen to reduce both CO2 and toxic emissions. This is a vital part of meeting Scotland’s climate change targets, and hugely important to protecting public health.”
Levenmouth Area Committee convener, Cllr Ken Caldwell said: “This is great news for Levenmouth. This innovative project will bring many benefits to the area. It’s hoped it’ll increase economic growth and reduce fuel poverty in the area.”
Stephen Stead, sales and business development director, at Toshiba International, commented: “The Levenmouth Community Energy Project has provided the perfect location to engage our technology with innovative green hydrogen applications.
“The project shows hydrogen produced from renewables has a pivotal role in local energy systems, and can maximise the benefits from renewable energy for businesses and communities.”
The project showcases to other business parks a route to operating from a renewable microgrid and provides the opportunity for local business, social enterprises and charities to have access to zero emission vehicles.