Scottish Enterprise today (10th November) has commissioned an ambitious Scottish – German collaboration project called ‘Scot2Ger’.
The project led by ScottishPower, Wood, KPMG Germany and DS Consulting will examine the emerging and substantial German demand for zero-emission hydrogen and how it could be met by green hydrogen produced in Scotland. The project is also supported by the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise.
The collaboration will create a business case for an initial green hydrogen production facility in Scotland to be developed, constructed and operational in 2024.
The Scottish Government’s hydrogen assessed in 2020 that if Scotland exported green energy to Europe, this could result in £25 billion GVA with over 300k jobs by 2045, building on Scotland’s renewable energy capacity and transitioning skilled workers and companies to the green energy sector.
ScottishPower will be responsible for assessing renewable energy and hydrogen production capabilities in Scotland; Wood will be responsible for engineering and distribution challenges, and DS Consulting and KPMG Germany will identify customer demand and examine infrastructure and regulatory requirements.
Meanwhile, in another development, Scottish Enterprise and Marubeni Corporation today (10th November) have signed an MoU to collaborate for the decarbonisation of Scotland, including floating offshore wind and green hydrogen businesses in Scotland. The agreement aims to contribute to the decarbonisation of Scotland by expanding the floating offshore wind business and realising a green hydrogen society through the establishment of an offshore wind supply chain and a green hydrogen value chain, including production and its usage.
The collaboration will focus on three key areas:
- Decarbonising projects: including floating offshore wind and the development and installation of energy management systems
- Supply chain establishment: including the establishment of an offshore wind supply chain and a green hydrogen value chain
- Knowledge sharing: including hosting joint educational programs between Japanese and Scottish university students