Hydrogen energy in Scotland moves forward after memorandum signing

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HYDROGEN technology in Scotland has taken a step forward after two industry bodies have signed a memorandum of understanding.

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employer’s Federation (SNIPEF) signed the memorandum with The Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA).

The signing of the memorandum between the two parties is said to support growth and beneficial impacts of deploying hydrogen technologies between the organisations that develop and instal such technologies.

Hydrogen, produced when water is “split” by an electrical current, can be used for bulk, long duration energy storage, creating the ability to store electricity at scale from wind farms.

It also has applications in agriculture and food processing, refinery operations, metallurgy and scientific research.

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Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of SNIPEF

Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of SNIPEF, said: “Our new association with one of the largest hydrogen and fuel cell membership organisations in the world will keep us abreast of the core technologies which are coming through and their remarkable economic and environmental potential.”

Scotland is said to have significant influence on the global wind energy industry and its resources could be used to decarbonize heavy transport by using wind to produce green hydrogen for fuel cells.

Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive of the (SHFCA), said: “SHFCA will work with SNIPEF to support all our members on the deployment of hydrogen for low carbon heat in industry and homes across Scotland.

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Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

“This will make a significant contribution towards delivering Scotland’s ambition for Net Zero by 2045, together with the key milestone of 75% GHG reduction by 2030.

“We are delighted to be able to establish such a strong association with a body of professional firms which shares our values in terms of sustainable energy use and the promotion of Scotland’s expertise on the national and international stage.”