First Scottish Government 'Future of Energy in Scotland' Strategy Released
Official opening of Surf 'n' Turf hydrogen project in Orkney Islands
Scotland's first Energy Strategy ‘The Future of Energy in Scotland’ was released on 20th December 2017, and sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland. It sets two new and ambitious targets for the Scottish energy system by 2030:
• The equivalent of 50% of the energy for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity consumption to be supplied from renewable sources
• An increase by 30% in the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy
The Strategy aims to double Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity from 9GW to 17GW by 2030, and also considers two indicative scenarios for the low carbon energy system in Scotland in 2050: an electrified future; and a hydrogen future. Both scenarios are consistent with Scotland’s climate targets, and show how low carbon electricity and hydrogen could be used to meet demand across the industry, services, residential and transport sectors.
The new Energy Strategy includes specific references to current hydrogen and fuel cell demonstration projects such as the FCH-JU supported Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, and also to local energy system projects in the Orkney Islands such as the European-funded ‘BIG HIT’ project which build on the Surf ‘n’ Turf project in Orkney by producing hydrogen from renewable sources for transport and heating.
World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated at EMEC in Orkney Islands
The official launchof the Surf 'n' Turf hydrogen project took place on 27th September in Kirkwall, the Orkney Islands. 70 guests travelled from across the UK and Europe to attend the launch and view the installations at Kirkwall Pier and on the island of Eday. Surf ‘n’ Turf is a pioneering project that uses hydrogen generated from the tidal and wind energy to overcome the electricity grid limitations in Eday, and make better use of renewable energy sources.
ITM Power Announce 10 MegaWatt PEM Electrolyser Project with Shell
BIG HIT partner EMEC (The European Marine Energy Centre) has produced tidal-powered hydrogen from their electrolyser on Eday, in the Orkney Islands. This tidal-powered hydrogen was generated by EMEC on Friday 25th August 2017, and is the first time that hydrogen has been created from tidal energy anywhere in the world.
OLEV announces Plans for Cleaner and Greener Vans
BIG HIT partner ITM Power will install a 10MW electrolyser, to produce hydrogen at the Shell Wesseling refinery in Germany. This would be the world’s largest PEM electrolyser. This electrolyser technology is also suitable to improve the stability of the electricity grid with a growing share of intermittent renewable energy sources, such as from solar and wind.
Met Office releases 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report
The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has proposed changes to allow drivers to drive heavier vans if powered by low emission technology. These proposed changes to driver licensing rules will make it easier for van drivers to switch to hydrogen vehicles.
Global Greenhouse Gas Index up 40 percent since 1990
The UK Met Office 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report was released on 27 July 2017, showing 2016 was the 13th warmest year based on records dating back to 1910. This report provides a summary of the UK weather and climate through the calendar year 2016 and is the third annual ‘State of the UK climate’ produced by the Met Office.
Scottish Climate Change Bill Consultation Opens
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released their Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, which tracks the warming influence of long-lived greenhouse gases. This index has increased by 40 percent from 1990 to 2016 — with most of that attributable to rising carbon dioxide levels.
21 April 2017 is UK's First 'Coal-Free Power' Day since 1882
The public consultation on the draft Scottish Climate Change Bill opened on 30 June 2017, and is open for submissions until 22 September 2017.
OLEV Announces £23M Boost for Hydrogen Vehicles and Infrastructure
The rest of the UK is gradually catching up with the Orkney Islands use of renewable energy.
National Grid has announced that on Friday 21 April 2017 Britain achieved 24 hours without using coal-fired power stations for the first time in 135 years. This is a new milestone for the UK’s energy system transition to low carbon and renewable energy sources.
Scottish Government releases new 'Whole System' Draft Energy Strategy
The UK Office for Low Emission Vehicles announced £23 million of funding to accelerate the take up of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure on 18 March 2017. A new £23 million fund will accelerate the take up of hydrogen vehicles, and roll out more cutting-edge infrastructure.
Publication Of 'Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: Opportunities For Growth - A Roadmap For The UK'
The Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, delivered a Ministerial Statement to the Scottish Parliament setting out key elements of draft energy strategy, boosting renewable and low-carbon energy in Scotland. The new Energy Strategy will support delivery of the third draft climate change plan, released on 19th January, which targets a 66 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2032.
UK Ratifies The Paris Agreement
This new Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Roadmap provides an overarching industrial strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells to play a greater role in the UK’s energy mix. This report ‘Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Opportunities for Growth: A Roadmap for the UK’ finds that the UK is already among world leaders in developing hydrogen energy and fuel cells. The Roadmap provides an overarching industrial strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells to play a greater role in the UK’s energy mix.
Committee On Climate Change Report On Next Steps For UK Heat Policy
Against the backdrop of international climate negotiations in Marrakesh, the Paris Agreement has been ratified by the UK. The UK Government played a major role when the world came together last year in Paris to reach the ambitious deal to reduce global CO2 emissions. Less than a year later, the landmark Agreement has entered into force and has been ratified by the UK as a sign of the continued commitment to climate action across the world.
Scotland's Wind Turbines Deliver 100% Of Daily Electricity Needs On 7th August
The UK Committee on Climate Change have released their report on ‘Next Steps for UK Heat Policy’.
UN Predicts That 2016 Is On Track To Be Hottest Year Ever
Scotland's wind turbines met 100% of daily electricity needs on 7th August 2016, an event which is likely to happen increasingly often as the capacity of wind turbines in Scotland continues to grow.
Driving Europe's Transition To A Low Carbon Economy
Global temperatures for the first six months of the year reached new highs, setting 2016 on track to be the hottest-ever on record, the United Nations weather agency said today.
Orkney Islands Selected For €10.9 Million EU 'BIG HIT' Project
The European Commission has outlined a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe.
The Orkney Islands of Scotland have been chosen for the development of a new European-wide hydrogen project, building on the existing Orkney Surf ‘n’ Turf initiative. This wider European project is called BIG HIT (Building Innovative Green Hydrogen systems in an Isolated Territory: a pilot for Europe). BIG HIT is a five-year project, involving 12 participants based across six EU countries, and starts in May 2016.