ScottishPower is set to welcome Mark Griffin to its Hydrogen division to take up the role of Head of Market Development on 1 July 2021.
Mark has spent the past decade of his career focussing exclusively on hydrogen and its applications, including the hydrogen filling station at Honda in Swindon project and the multi-vehicle bus terminal in Aberdeen.
Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower, said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Mark to our growing hydrogen team. The knowledge and expertise he brings will help us continue our work to deliver green hydrogen solutions across the country.”
In the past two decades, Mark has seen a significant shift in green hydrogen’s prevalence in the low carbon conversation. Mark said: “Ten years ago hydrogen technology and its applications were really on the periphery. Now the knowledge and understanding of green hydrogen has increased ten-fold and I have no doubt it is set to continue to exponentially grow.”
Mark’s role at ScottishPower begins as the company looks ahead to COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference of the Parties, for which ScottishPower is a Principal partner. The 12-day summit is being held in Glasgow and on the outskirts of the city will be ScottishPower’s green hydrogen facility, currently in planning.
The Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project is a project that will see the UK’s largest electrolyser installed at the site and aims to provide green hydrogen to the commercial market by 2023.
Mark added: “It’s a very exciting time to join ScottishPower, COP26 means all eyes will be on Glasgow and the wider UK, looking at what we’re doing to reach our own climate targets and accelerate climate action.
“ScottishPower understands the need for green hydrogen, offering the zero-carbon energy solution where electrification can’t or won’t reach. I’m looking forward to helping ScottishPower continue to grow its green hydrogen business over the coming years.”
“There’s still much more work to be done to help achieve the targets set out by the UK and Scottish Governments for hydrogen and I am confident they can be achieved with the right support mechanisms and incentives for early adopters.”
ScottishPower’s Green Hydrogen division was officially launched in December 2020. Along with the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project at Whitelee Windfarm, ScottishPower is working with Global Energy Group’s Port of Nigg site to investigate the potential of using green hydrogen to power some of their operations and is part of the North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme at the Port of Cromarty Firth.