Plans for green hydrogen plant in Oban

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Plans are afoot to build a renewable energy plant in Oban making hydrogen, a zero-carbon fuel that can be used to heat homes and power transport.

GreenPower, the independent renewable energy company which developed and operates the 46MW Carraig Gheal wind farm near Oban, has announced plans to create the Argyll Hydrogen Hub for production and distribution of green hydrogen.

The company is buying an industrial site in Oban where the Argyll Hydrogen Hub will be based and is hosting a webinar for potential future users across the Argyll region on September 23.

A spokesperson for GreenPower said: ‘There is significant potential in the region to decarbonise the transport sector including buses and coaches, HGVs serving distilleries, fish farms, forestry operations, refuse collection vehicles, and with a longer-term opportunity to fuel ferries and trains. Green hydrogen can also replace carbon-intensive fuels such as heating oil and LNG used in hospitals, leisure centres, care homes and industrial operations.’

Rob Forrest, GreenPower CEO, said: ‘As a company rooted in Scotland and with local operations in Argyll, we are delighted to announce our intention to further decarbonise the region and create clean, green jobs and economic development. We can see a future where all heavy road transport and shipping is powered by green hydrogen, and where any industry using heating oils or gas e.g. whisky distilleries, can switch fuels to run on environmentally friendly green hydrogen.

‘Argyll has all the ingredients for the creation of a healthy, environmentally responsible green hydrogen sector. This marks the beginning of significant growth and Argyll could become a green hydrogen hub for export to the rest of the country. We think that is something worth aiming for.’

Companies interested in exploring the potential of green hydrogen and would like to attend the online Green Hydrogen Seminar, which will run from 10-11am on Thursday September 23, should email: enquiries@greenpowerinternational.com to register.