Scottish Government looks to ‘propel’ hydrogen technology innovation

THE Scottish Government is to invest £300,000 in a new hydrogen accelerator to be located at the University of St Andrews in a bid to ‘propel’ innovation in hydrogen technology.

The project directly supports the Scottish Government’s drive to turn Scotland net-zero by 2045, with the work of the hydrogen accelerator also aiding the government’s ambition of phasing out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032.

The University of St Andrew will work alongside other Scottish universities, as well as organisations and centres such as the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc and Power Networks Demonstration Centre on the project.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, said, “I’m pleased that we can establish a new Hydrogen Accelerator for Scotland at the University of St Andrews. With their renowned specialism in hydrogen technologies and innovation – this is a perfect match at a time when there is really exciting work in the sector taking place across Scotland.

“We already boast several world-leading demonstrator projects.  These include Aberdeen’s Hydrogen Bus projects and the wide-ranging Orkney projects drawing on marine renewable energy to provide hydrogen for power generation, heating buildings and powering vehicles.  With abundant renewable energy resources and a strong engineering skills base, Scotland is in a strong position to develop a globally competitive hydrogen sector.

“By establishing this hydrogen accelerator at the University of St Andrews, we’re ensuring that hydrogen technologies can be successfully implemented in an economically sustainable way to achieve Scotland’s decarbonisation and net-zero ambitions. I wish Professor John Irvine and his team at St Andrews every success in supporting our flourishing hydrogen sector.”

Professor John Irvine from the University of St Andrews, added, “It is excellent news that we can now launch the Hydrogen Accelerator for Scotland. We look forward to the accelerator team engaging with and mentoring hydrogen activities across the country so that we can best deliver a hydrogen enabled low-carbon economy.

“Hydrogen will be very important in our low-carbon future, and we have considerable expertise at St Andrews in these kind of technologies. The accelerator will be located at our new Eden Campus development where we will be supporting the commercialisation of new technologies in energy conversion and storage, including hydrogen. It’s a great opportunity for us to engage with Scottish companies who are breaking into these new markets.”