Scotland stimulates hydrogen economy with £100m investment

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Paul Wheelhouse, the energy minister of Scotland, has announced a £100 million plan to support the country’s hydrogen supply chain.

“We are the first country in the U.K. to publish a hydrogen policy statement that sets out how we can make the most of Scotland’s massive potential in this new sector,” Wheelhouse said, adding that the funds will come from the £180 million Emerging Energy Technologies Fund.

The Scottish government believes that reaching an electrolyzer capacity of 25 GW by 2050 is an achievable target. This would be enough to produce 126 TWh of green hydrogen, with 32 TWh t0 to be used for domestic consumption and 94 TWh to be exported to other countries.

By 2030, around 5 GW of electrolyzer capacity should be online, according to government estimates. Most of this green hydrogen capacity is expected to be generated by both offshore and onshore wind power, which is the prevailing renewable energy source in the country.


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