A ferry powered by hydrogen manufactured by community-owned wind turbines has been proposed for Scotland’s west coast. The Scottish government has awarded funding for a feasibility study of the idea. Point and Sandwick Trust, operators of the community-owned Beinn Ghrideag Wind Farm on the Isle of Lewis, is leading the project. The project’s partners include CMAL, owners of Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries. Ferguson Marine shipyard in Glasgow and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy are among the other partners. The feasibility study will look at the manufacture of the hydrogen using local wind power, the challenges of how to handle, transport and store the hydrogen on local piers, and how the design of the ship and its engines needs to be adapted to run on hydrogen fuel. Project manager Calum MacDonald, development director for Point and Sandwick Trust, said: “We have a simple yet bold vision which is to harness the huge potential of community-owned wind power on the Scottish islands to power the lifeline ferry services by utilising the very latest in hydrogen energy technology. Turning that vision into reality will be a world-first and requires the very best expertise in both energy and shipping technology.”
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Funding of £70,000 has been awarded by the Scottish Government to carry out a feasibility study into developing a hydrogen-powered ferry service to some of Scotland’s remotest island communities. And now, the race is on to beat other communities around the world from getting there first. Leading the project is Point and Sandwick Community Trust based on Lewis, the UK’s largest community energy company behind the award-winning Beinn Ghrideag community windfarm. The other main players include CMAL, public owner of CalMac ferries, Ferguson Marine shipyard in Glasgow and Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy, the leading supplier of wind turbines to the UK. Also involved are ITM Power, one of the world’s leading specialists in hydrogen manufacture, ENGIE, specialist in the transport and storage of gas, Wood, a global leader in the delivery of projects, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets, and Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent firm of chartered accountants. The feasibility study, to be completed by June, will look at the technical and commercial requirements for a west coast hydrogen ferry.
It will consider the manufacture of hydrogen using local wind power, the challenges of how to handle, transport and store the hydrogen on local piers, and how the design of the ship and its engines needs to be adapted to run on hydrogen fuel.
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