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ScottishPower planning solar, storage installation to push green hydrogen development

April 13, 2021

PV Tech:

British energy company ScottishPower is targeting up to 40MW of solar as part of its Green Hydrogen for Scotland project.

The company has submitted a planning application for up to 40MW of solar, made up over 62,000 individual solar cells, and up to 50MW of battery energy storage, which would be located on a site 5km west of Lochgoin Reservoir, just outside of Glasgow in Scotland, and adjacent to the existing Whitelee Extension substation.

Plans to add a 50MW/50MWh liquid cooled lithium-ion battery storage system to the Whitelee wind farm – the largest onshore windfarm in the UK at 539MW – were approved in June 2019 by the Scottish Government. Speaking at Solar Media’s Energy Storage Summit 2021, the company’s head of project management Tony Gannon outlined the benefits of co-locating storage with the colossal farm.

Together, the solar, wind farm and storage will be used to power a 20MW electrolyser also included in the planning application. This would be the largest in the UK and generate 8 tonnes of green hydrogen a day.

Green Hydrogen for Scotland is being developed by Scottish Power in partnership with specialist gas provider BOC and electrolyser manufacturer ITM Power, and is aiming to commercially supply hydrogen before 2030.

The UK is increasingly focused on green hydrogen, as a way to decarbonise difficult sectors such as heavy duty transport. In March, funding for nine projects that used a mix of hydrogen and CCS was announced as part of the Government’s £171 million Industrial Decarbonisation Fund for example. This includes the South Wales Industrial Cluster, where Lightsource bp are developing solar, storage and the electrolyser as part of the project.

[Molly Lempriere]

More: Green Hydrogen for Scotland project targets 40MW of solar and 50MW of battery storage

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