Hydrogen technology firm Logan Energy is to open the first hydrogen refuelling station based in Scotland’s central belt, becoming the only point at which hydrogen-electric vehicles can fill up between Aberdeen and Sheffield.
Based in Wallyford, Musselburgh, the station will allow the vehicles to refuel up to 350bar and will help to expand the use of hydrogen fuel vehicles in Scotland.
It is hoped that hydrogen-electric vehicles will become more viable options across the country in the future after the Government announced a ban of the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2032.
A report by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking projected that fuel cell and hydrogen technologies could generate 2,250 terawatt hours (TWh) of hydrogen in the European Union by 2050, fuelling 42 million large cars, 1.7 million trucks, a quarter of a million buses and more than 5,500 trains.
Logan Energy’s chief executive, Bill Ireland, commented: “While hydrogen-powered electric vehicles offer real reductions in carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions, the widespread uptake of these vehicles is restricted by the lack of investment in the deployment of refuelling stations.
“With a Scottish ban on fossil fuel vehicle sales by 2032, and UK by 2035, petrol filling stations will start to see a decrease in revenue imminently and will need to look to the alternatives to survive. Our technology offers part of the solution.”
The company’s plan for its hydrogen refuelling station to have a central role in building hydrogen tech in Scotland comes after the UK Government launched phase two of its £33 million Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply competition in February this year (2020), aiming to accelerate the development of low carbon bulk hydrogen supply solutions across the UK.
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Ireland continued: “While this recent UK Government investment is good news, we need more than just funding support if green hydrogen is to play its part in helping us reach Net Zero. We need sufficient Government support in the form of meaningful policy, backed up with effective “carrot and stick” legislation for both the expansion of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and vehicles in Scotland.
“This needs to happen now as the deployment of the technology won’t happen overnight. With a Scottish ban on fossil fuel vehicle sales by 2032, and UK by 2035, petrol filling stations will start to see a decrease in revenue imminently and will need to look to the alternatives to survive. Our technology offers part of the solution.”