SSE accelerates green hydrogen

SSE has taken the next step in its green hydrogen programme with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, unveiling plans to produce and deliver green hydrogen through renewably powered electrolysis.

Under the new plans, green hydrogen would be produced by SSE Renewables at Gordonbush wind farm using Siemens Gamesa’s Renewable Hydrogen Upgrade solution.

The facility would be capable of producing up to 2,000 tonnes of green hydrogen each year, helping the UK reach its net-zero target, and supporting the UK’s goal of hitting 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production by 2030.

The overall development would also include a battery energy storage system which would be capable of storing any surplus, or constrained, renewable energy produced by the wind farm at times of excess wind on the electrical grid. This would allow such excess green energy to be stored in lithium-ion batteries for possible later use, including the potential to power the electrolyser for green hydrogen production or to dispatch to the National Grid at times when the wind is not blowing.

The move follows last year’s agreement between both companies to explore opportunities to produce green hydrogen on co-located onshore wind farm sites.

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