Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today hailed Orkney as at the “forefront of energy innovation” ahead of the official launch of the Surf and Turf hydrogen project [27/09/17].
Mr McArthur said:
“The official launch of the pioneering Surf n Turf project is exciting news and a tribute to the hard work and determination of all involved. It is also further evidence of Orkney’s place at the forefront of energy innovation.
“Using hydrogen as a carbon neutral fuel for transport opens up significant new opportunities, including a means of powering Orkney’s future ferry fleet.
“In meeting these ambitions, however, strong and consistent support from both the Scottish and UK government will be essential. Given the prize at stake, the case for that support is compelling”.
Notes to Editors:
The Surf and Turf hydrogen project project is led by the Kirkwall based team of Scotland-wide energy charity, Community Energy Scotland, working closely with EMEC, Orkney Islands Council, Eday Renewable Energy, and ITM Power.
The system draws renewable electricity either from tidal turbines at the tidal test site of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), or from the onshore wind turbine run by the Eday community.
An electrolyser uses the electricity to split water into its component parts hydrogen and oxygen. As it is produced from renewable electricity, hydrogen is a clean fuel that causes no carbon emissions.