The UK gets wind of Fife’s new power

The hydrogen fuel cell demonstrator on the Fife stand at All-Energy UK.
The hydrogen fuel cell demonstrator on the Fife stand at All-Energy UK.

FIFE demonstrated a new type of hydrogen boiler at All-Energy UK in Aberdeen.

The Fife stand featured a model of the boiler which will be used to power the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre at Energy Park Fife when it opens in the summer.

The boiler demonstrated how excess energy from renewable sources can be stored as hydrogen fuel then used to heat houses and buildings.

Designed by Pure Energy Centre, it will be the first boiler of its type to heat a building using renewable hydrogen – which will be produced in the Hydrogen Office at Methil Docks.

Elizabeth Johnson, from the Pure Energy Centre in Shetland, commented: “This pioneering design will increase Scotland’s fuel energy security through storage of renewable energy potential as hydrogen fuel.

“The combustion inside the boiler is achieved without a flame, and no dangerous emissions, and provides us with a much needed heating solution.”

The Fife team, together with East Coast Renewables, hosted a networking lunch. The event brought together Scottish Enterprise, SDI, the Crown Estate, and Marine Scotland, and was well attended. It highlighted progress over the past year and set out the challenges ahead.

A key speaker was Alan McAskill, director of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Scottish Renewables, and a member of the Steering Committee of the European Wind Technology Platform.

Mr McAskill gave an upbeat and speech and stated: “Scottish offshore wind will move from concept to reality in the second half of this decade.

“Several years ago talk was around ‘if’ and ‘can’ Scottish offshore wind deliver. Now its about ‘when’ and ‘how big’ we will deliver. There are obviously key challenges to this delivery, but we have the skills, the will, and the capability to overcome these key challenges.”

East Coast Renewables is an alliance of 10 local authorities working to maximise the growth of the offshore renewables market in the East of Scotland.

The partnership focuses on strategic priorities including supply chain and skills, research and development, and knowledge transfer.

Robin Presswood, Fife Council’s business and strategy manager, said during the event: “I don’t think I’ve seen such a busy All-Energy UK show before, it’s a great atmosphere and we had a fantastic first day.

“The Fife stand and its businesses were kept busy making new contacts and we had the hydrogen boiler demonstration to look forward to – a UK first.”