Investing in green hydrogen

Wind Farm image beside quote from First Minister
Susan Thomson

Projects to drive innovation in the production, storage and distribution of renewable hydrogen are to receive £7 million of Scottish Government funding.

First Minister Humza Yousaf announced the Hydrogen Innovation Scheme funding while addressing delegates at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow.

The investment will support 32 projects, including:

  • a study into treating water from the River Clyde to produce hydrogen cheaply
  • the establishment of a green hydrogen production learning, test and research hub in Stornoway
  • a scheme to use waste heat generated from wind turbines on the Isle of Lewis to create hydrogen
  • a Hydrogen Innovation Hub at Glasgow Airport for storage and distribution
  • a study examining the use of tidal energy around Yell in the Shetland Islands to produce hydrogen

The First Minister said:

“We have committed £100 million, over this parliamentary session, to supporting the green hydrogen sector.

“Part of that funding has been allocated to the Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, which supports feasibility studies, technical demonstrations and testing facilities for new ideas about how to produce, store and distribute hydrogen.

“I am pleased to be able to confirm today that through this scheme, grants worth a total of £7 million have been allocated to 32 different projects.

“The projects cover a wide range of different areas - such as how to produce and store hydrogen on floating windfarms, and how to decarbonise agriculture and forestry work in rural areas. Together, they show the range of possible ways in which hydrogen can be produced, used and stored. They highlight the expertise and innovation that is already such an important part of the sector. And, of course, they demonstrate the scale of the opportunities that hydrogen can create.”

Full details of the First Minister's announcement can be found here