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Fife being considered as base for world’s first 100% hydrogen network

Energy Park Fife in Methil is one of three towns in the running to host the world’s first 100% hydrogen gas network in a move which could lead to a significant future jobs boost and inward investment. Aberdeen and Machrinhanish in Argyll are others being considered, with one to be selected as the most suitable location for the construction of a demonstration network that could power upwards of 300 homes.

SGN, along with its partners Arup, Kiwa Gastec and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, was told it has been successful in its bid as part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Hydrogen Supply Competition to deliver phase one of ‘Project Methilltoune’ – a feasibility study that will focus on the potential to supply hydrogen from offshore wind.

The project aims to demonstrate how renewable energy produced by offshore wind can generate a secure and reliable supply of green hydrogen to heat homes.

Angus McIntosh, director of Energy Futures at SGN, said: “Along with our partners, we’re delighted to be awarded this funding to progress our study into the supply of green hydrogen.

“Hydrogen offers a credible and exciting opportunity to deliver the UK’s net zero targets by 2050.

“The UK has all the ingredients to lead the way, from natural resources to engineering excellence and the quantity and quality of research being undertaken reflects this opportunity.

“We must continue this great work, demonstrate it and deliver the framework for change.”

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