A state-of-the-art hydrogen hub in Cromarty Firth could see Scotland leading the way in a new energy technology designed to decarbonise distilleries.
The plans, drawn up by drinks giants Glenmorangie, Whyte and Mackay and Diageo alongside energy provider ScottishPower and the Port of Cromarty Firth will explore whether hydrogen, created from renewable electricity could heat their malt processing plants.
If given the green light after a four-month feasibility study, which is led by low-carbon energy specialists Pale Blue Dot (a Storegga Group Company), the scheme would enable the creation of new jobs in the region and put the Highlands at the heart of the country’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045.
In the long term, the programme is designed to reduce carbon emissions from other Scottish industrial and transport sectors. The developers argue that the region is uniquely well placed to manufacture clean – so-called green hydrogen – because of its ready access to low carbon electricity from offshore wind. In time it could mean ‘Highland hydrogen’ could be exported to the rest of the UK and mainland Europe.
Sam Gomersall, Pale Blue Dot’s hydrogen lead said, ‘The region could be a global leader in this technology bringing huge benefits to the economy. With the planned new offshore wind sites due to be developed in the coming years on the doorstep of the Cromarty Firth there’s almost nowhere better to be developing the hydrogen economy.’
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Green hydrogen is created using electrolysers powered by electricity from renewable sources. Power would be supplied from current and future wind farms off the coast of the Cromarty Firth, as well as onshore schemes, and fed to the hub.
Net Zero targets are goals set by Government to completely remove the amount of greenhouse gases produced by mankind, to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Global net emissions of carbon dioxide will need to fall to net zero by 2050, 2045 targets have been set in the UK.
Project partners include ScottishPower, Glenmorangie, Whyte and Mackay and Diageo, The Port of Cromarty Firth and Pale Blue Dot Energy who are also leading the project.
For more information about Pale Blue Dot Energy, the leaders in a UK carbon reduction project, please visit the website: www.pale-blu.com.
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Image Credit: The Port of Cromarty Firth