Electricity from renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar can be used to power the electrolysis process in hydrogen production. Using renewable energy in the production process, hydrogen can be produced with zero carbon emissions offering a promising alternative fuel and part of a low carbon energy mix.
By using electricity from renewable sources that is generated during times of low demand, such as during the night, to produce hydrogen, there is an opportunity to balance supply and demand for renewable energy. This would help to address the intermittency that can occur with renewable energy sources and support the renewable energy sector. In this way hydrogen could play a crucial role in helping to deliver Scottish Government targets to:
- meet an equivalent of 100% demand for electricity from renewable energy by 2020 and;
- a long term ambition for the complete decarbonisation of road transport by 2050.
The renewables sector in Aberdeen
Known as Europe's energy capital, Aberdeen is home to many multi-national operators, as well as a range of supply and service companies. This energy expertise has allowed the city to embrace the renewable energy sector and helped to position the region as a centre of renewables excellence.
Hydrogen technology, applications and associated supply chain requirements offers an opportunity to develop and diversify the region's energy industry and accelerate the development of low carbon technology. By making use of the existing energy skills and expertise, the region is well placed to deliver the necessary technology and deploy the infrastructure required to harness the potential of hydrogen and ensure the growth of a hydrogen economy.
H2 Aberdeen will open up greater potential for hydrogen technology in the long term and presents a real opportunity for businesses to diversify their activities in the energy sector, and apply their skills, know-how and expertise in the hydrogen and fuel cells market.
The drive to address energy security and demands for a low carbon economy is encouraging a growth in national and international activity in hydrogen and fuel cell markets. With European and Scottish Government backing for the research and development of a hydrogen infrastructure, there is real interest in capturing the benefits of this emerging energy sector and in the wider commercialisation of the technology.