Hebrides electricity to hydrogen project

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This project uses excess electricity produced from an existing biogas plant to produce Hydrogen by Alkaline Water Electrolysis. The Hydrogen is stored and used to fuel Postal delivery vehicles.


PURPOSE OF REPORT To obtain approval for the use of capital funds to develop hydrogen infrastructure via the Hebridean Hydrogen SEED (H2SEED) Project.

Hydrogen Hebrides - An integrated low carbon vision Dr Ruairi MacIver; University of the Highlands and Islands;

Information on various aspects of the project

Royal Mail goes green in Hebrides Severin Carrell; Guardian; 7 Sep 2010

The nation's posties have used the greenest kinds of transport for generations, relying on their feet and their distinctive fleet of red bicycles to make their rounds. Now their delivery vehicles, too, could go green. For the last few months, it has emerged, the Royal Mail has been secretly testing new zero-carbon vehicles on one of the remotest delivery rounds in Britain, in the Outer Hebrides. Instead of diesel-belching vans, postal staff on the Isle of Lewis have been driving hydrogen-powered Ford Transits, converted at a total cost of £100,000. They fill up in Stornoway, at one of the UK's few hydrogen refuelling stations.

Hydrogen vehicles in the Outer Hebrides Fuel Cell Works; 13 Sep 2012

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has published an invitation to tender for the supply of hydrogen vehicles to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The vehicles, which will be either passenger cars or vans, will be deployed in Stornoway for an initial 2 year trial period performing normal operational duties. The vehicles will refuel at the Comhairle’s existing renewable hydrogen refuelling station, the H2seed Facility.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - H2 Seed Project

H2 SEED will be the first project delivered in the Outer Hebrides covering the whole value chain of hydrogen technologies: hydrogen production from biogas, hydrogen storage, hydrogen filling station and hydrogen use in both stationary and transport applications.