Highland industries may start switching from traditional power sources to “green” hydrogen within three years under an ambitious plan that would establish the area as a “global forerunner” in large-scale production of the fuel. It has been predicted a “significant number” of new jobs would be created by the development proposed by the Port of Cromarty Firth (PCF), which is said to have attracted interest from national and international investors. Green hydrogen, created using chemical processes powered by electricity from renewable sources, has been identified as having the potential to play a key role in the decarbonisation of energy for industrial and domestic use. Invergordon-based PCF says its ambition to develop a hydrogen “hub” at the Easter Ross port to process, store and export the gas represents a “massive opportunity” for the area and Scotland as a whole. Power would be supplied from current and future offshore wind farms, as well as onshore schemes.
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Hydrogen for homes is a terrible idea. We should fight it. A plan to pipe hydrogen, instead of natural gas, to millions of UK households is being pushed hard by the fossil fuel industry. It sounds “green” – but could wreck efforts to make homes truly zero carbon, using insulation and electric heat pumps. Oil and gas companies support switching the gas grid to hydrogen, as a survival option in case of decarbonisation, as hydrogen is usually fabricated from gas. But the hydrogen strategy cuts across the approach recommended for years by housing policy wonks and architects: to use insulation to slash the amount of heat needed, and install electric pumps (which work like fridges in reverse). Leeds Trades Union Council (TUC) last month launched a campaign in favour of retrofitting homes with high-quality insulation and heat pumps.
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