Building Innovative Green Hydrogen Systems in Isolated Territories
About the Project
BIG HIT will create a hydrogen territory in the Orkney Islands of Scotland by implementing a fully integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilisation for heat, power and mobility.
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HYSEAS III will to pave the way for the building and launch of the world’s first sea-going car and passenger ferry fuelled by hydrogen. The supported development is expected to cost around €12.6 million. The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity marking a paradigm shift towards entirely emissions-free marine transport. The successful test will allow a vessel to be constructed, in the already assured knowledge that such a vessel can operate safely and efficiently around Scotland’s challenging coast. The vessel is planned to operate in and around Orkney, which is already producing hydrogen in volume from constrained –hence otherwise wasted – renewable energy.
The €11m Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project brings together partners from across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to address energy-related carbon emissions in North-West Europe and tackle grid export limitations faced in remote areas such as Orkney.
The project consortium includes EMEC, Scotrenewables Tidal Power, AREVA H2Gen, the Energy Systems Catapult, Energy Valley/New Energy Coalition, University of Caen Normandy, University of Le Havre Normandy, Ghent University and the Normandy Development Agency.
The official opening of BIG HIT brings together communities, industry, and politicians who are all working together to deploy one of Europe’s leading energy systems. BIG HIT will enable more renewable energy to be produced and used locally in the Orkney Islands of Scotland and also support similar deployments more widely. BIG HIT has been widely recognised as the leading project of its kind in Europe. BIG HIT, involving 12 participants based across six EU countries and funded by the EU FCH JU. The Orkney Islands of Scotland were chosen for this development because of the need to store excess renewable energy and utilise the stored energy locally for transport and heat.
Hydrogen presents an exciting opportunity to help achieve the global energy transition to a low carbon economy. With its history of innovation and technology development for the oil and gas industry, Scotland could be at the forefront of this transition creating new opportunities for businesses.
This complimentary one-day conference will explore the vision and opportunity for hydrogen as well as its production and applications. Adele Lidderdale from Orkney Islands Council will present on the Surf n Turf and BIG HIT projects, as well as the next steps with ITEG and the HySeas III hydrogen ferry.
Reykjavik, Iceland, is hosting the Nordic Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference 2018. This conference will focus on vehicle and infrastructure deployment with emphasis on the H2ME projects in the Nordic countries.
The FCH JU is actively working with European regions and cities on deployment of fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) based products to help them achieve their decarbonisation goals. The FCH JU established the Regions and Cities Initiative to identify the most promising early market business cases, and almost 100 regions and cities are now signed up to the Memorandum of Understanding.
The Power2Gas Conference takes place on 17-18 October 2018 in Copenhagen, and will bring together major stakeholders from the industry to explore the latest developments related to this technology.
This one day conference will look at the current and potential use of hydrogen and fuel cells as a zero emission fuel and energy source for the port and maritime industries. It is being organised by European Policy Solutions with the support of the University of Hull.
The UK workshop for the FCH-JU2 supported HyLaw project will identify the legal and regulatory barriers to the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications. This workshop will be interactive, seeking to identify application related best practices and combine UK industry experience with regulatory and legal issues across the spectrum of hydrogen and fuel cell activities such as zoning, permitting and approvals, grid connections, and safety case assessment.
The next edition of the FCH JU Programme Review Days will take place in Brussels during 14-16 Nov.
The next edition of the FCH JU Stakeholder Forum will take place in Brussels during 14-16 Nov.
ESCS2019 brings together key industry figures to focus on the future of energy storage in the UK; covering practical examples of storage that are currently being deployed and how they integrate into a broader network of connected systems including smart buildings, grids and electric vehicle infrastructure.
The 15th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference will look at all aspects of the commercialisation of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell sector with presentations from policy makers , companies operating in this sector and also users of the technology.