Part of an effort of to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets set by ‘Scotland’s most valuable exporting sectors’, it is hoped use of green hydrogen will decarbonise the distillation process.

The initial project phase, dubbed the Cromarty Hydrogen Project, is designed to deliver up to 20 tonnes of green hydrogen per day from 2024, just north of Inverness, Scotland.

The Cromarty Hydrogen Project follows a successful feasibility study by ScottishPower and Storegga, undertaken in collaboration with major distillers, Diageo, Glenmorangie, and Whyte & Mackay.

Andrew Brown, Head of Hydrogen at Storegga, said, “The Cromarty Green Hydrogen Project is expected to be the UK’s largest green hydrogen facility when it commences operations in 2024 and is expected to rapidly expand thereafter.

“Phase one of the Cromarty Hydrogen Project is expected to be the first of many as we develop a broader green hydrogen manufacturing capacity in Scotland this decade.”

Subject to customer demand, the project could scale to 300MW in a series of modular expansion phases.

H2 View understands that discussions on similar projects for other customers and industries are also underway.

Barry Carruthers, Hydrogen Director at ScottishPower, said, “This is a really exciting milestone in our ambitions to support the growth of green hydrogen production across the country and the decarbonisation of heavy industry.

“We can now get to work on turning plans on paper into tangible and deliverable projects that will transform industry in the Highlands – making a long and lasting difference for people, businesses and communities.”

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