FCs and Hydrogen in Scotland
From @FuelCellToday – Scotland continues its ambitious but well-reasoned path toward freedom from fossil fuels. With a wealth of wind, sun, and water, it is ideally placed to produce hydrogen via electrolysis, “saving” energy that might otherwise be wasted to power homes, vehicles, and marine vessels. Haveblue applies this concept to the needs of marine vessels.
“In 2011 its First Minister, Alex Salmond, increased the target for renewable electricity generation to be the equivalent of 100% of Scotland’s own electricity demand by 2020. The plan is to achieve this goal by generating two times more electricity than the country needs with more than half of it coming from renewable sources. … Hydrogen and fuel cells are not new technology to Scotland, back in 2005 it was host to the world’s first community owned renewable hydrogen production plant demonstration project, on the island of Unst. The PURE renewable energy project incorporated two 15 kW wind turbines, a 3.55 Nm3 water electrolyser, hydrogen storage and a 5 kW PEM Plug Power fuel cell. The project was owned and run by the local community with the turbines providing power and heat to a neighbouring business estate and the fuel cell providing backup power. Excess electricity was used to produce hydrogen which fed the fuel cell and a fuel cell vehicle.” – See more at: http://www.fuelcelltoday.com/analysis/analyst-views/2013/13-10-23-fuel-cells-and-hydrogen-in-scotland