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Case study: Orkney's hydrogen economy

2 September 2021, 9:30 BST

In the space of five years, Orkney's hydrogen economy has emerged. From the installation of an electrolyser in 2016 through to over £13M worth of hydrogen projects.

Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), with the support of local organisations, civil society and public bodies at the local, regional and national levels, the expansion of the hydrogen landscape is ongoing.

  • In 2017, the EMEC produced the world's first tidal-generated hydrogen in Orkney.
  • Between 2017-2019, around £2.3M of EMEC’s research and development activities were hydrogen-led (over £2M of which focused on demonstration projects to de-risk technologies and drive them closer to commercialisation).
  • In 2021, the world's first hydrogen training for ferry operators was delivered.

Hydrogen is in Orkney to stay, and the networks, infrastructures, roles, skills and opportunities that have emerged over the last five years will only increase. Engagement with local stakeholders will remain strong and fruitful, and innovation will take projects where they need to go.

Innovation is a journey of discovery, bringing people, ideas and networks together to make things happen. You might not end where you intended to, but you will end somewhere, and most importantly, you will have moved. The lessons learnt are key to developing a sector as novel as hydrogen is, creating a knowledge economy that benefits future projects.

Find out more about Orkney's hydrogen economy by downloading the full case study below.

This case study was developed as part of the Under2 Coalition's Industry Transition Platform, a project that has worked with governments from highly-industrialised regions to develop strategies to cut industry emissions while supporting growth, job creation and prosperity.

Photo by: VisitOrkney / Iain Sarjeant

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Date added: 02/09/21