Whitelee Wind Farm

Whitelee Wind Farm

A planning application has been lodged for a plant to produce hydrogen for Scottish transport.

Project partners ITM Power, ScottishPower and BOC are seeking permission for a 20MW electrolyser at ScottishPower Renewables’ Whitelee Wind Farm near Glasgow, the UK’s largest onshore wind farm.

The Whitlee Wind Farm is the first site for which planning permission has been sought as part of the Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project. The project is designed to provide carbon-free transport and clean air for the city, which is aiming to become the first net-zero city in the UK by 2030.

The proposed green hydrogen project will be led by ScottishPower and located on the outskirts of Glasgow. The project will be engineered and operated by BOC, using wind and solar power produced by ScottishPower Renewables, and incorporate a 20MW electrolyser, delivered by ITM Power. The project aims to supply hydrogen to the commercial market before 2023.

The Green Hydrogen for Glasgow project was announced in September 2020, as part of a wider Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership.

ScottishPower, BOC and ITM Power are seeking to create green hydrogen production facilities with clusters of refuelling stations across Scotland.

These clusters will allow renewable wind and power generation capacity to be converted to hydrogen for use by vehicles, supporting efforts to achieve net zero by 2045.

Graham Cooley CEO ITM Power, commented: “This is an exciting milestone based on market development for green hydrogen for the city of Glasgow, that will see the UK’s largest electrolyser deployment to date being realised in Scotland.”

Barry Carruthers, ScottishPower’s hydrogen director, said: “With all eyes set to be on Glasgow later this year as the city hosts the UN’s 26th climate change conference, COP26, it’s fantastic to be making this next important step towards delivering green hydrogen for Glasgow.

“Whitelee keeps breaking barriers, first the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, and soon to be home to the UK’s largest electrolyser. The site has played a vital role in helping the UK to decarbonise and we look forward to delivering another vital form of zero carbon energy generation at the site to help Glasgow and Scotland achieve their net zero goals.”

Mark Griffin, hydrogen market development manager for Clean Fuels at BOC, said: “The scale of this project demonstrates the growing demand for clean hydrogen and as a member of the Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership, we’re delighted to bring our hydrogen mobility and refuelling project expertise to help deliver a ground-breaking facility in Glasgow.”