A new green hydrogen innovation and product development center has been launched by Heriot-Watt University, in partnership with hydrogen technology companies Logan Energy and PlusZero.
In the new Hydrogen Works building, the consortium will collaborate on a range of hydrogen-related research and industry projects, including clean power generators, refueling infrastructure and heavy industry power systems.
Heriot-Watt University is reshaping its Riccarton Campus in Edinburgh to house innovative companies and clusters.
Professor Gillian Murray, Deputy Director for Business and Enterprise at Heriot-Watt, said: “Hydrogen Works is an excellent example of how co-location on our campuses can drive engagement and accelerate growth in businesses through access to innovation, talent and entrepreneurial ghosts.
“We look forward to working with Logan Energy and PlusZero and building a strong business cluster in Scotland around the future opportunities hydrogen brings to our economy.”
Energy Minister Gillian Martin said: “Scotland has vast natural resources that will enable us to become world leaders in the production and export of renewable hydrogen, and the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Action Plan reaffirms our clear commitment to helping our hydrogen sector grow and prosper.
“We need to work together and innovate to realize the huge potential of hydrogen and partnership is important to accelerate the development of the technology.”
Edinburgh-based Logan Energy has over 26 years of experience delivering projects in the hydrogen and clean energy sectors. It specializes in integrated engineering solutions incorporating hydrogen technologies, including production, fueling, storage, distribution and fuel cells.
Chief executive Bill Ireland said: “As demand for net-zero technologies is greater than ever, this collaboration demonstrates the innovative ways that academia, industry and business can work hand-in-hand to meet our collective needs in the field of of energy solutions.
“The further development and roll-out of standardized, proven hydrogen technologies will only accelerate the transition from environmentally damaging fossil fuels and drive wider adoption of renewables in industry and society.”
Launched in 2021, PlusZero Power creates portable generators powered by green hydrogen from renewable electricity generated on the Scottish islands, with the aim of replacing greenhouse gas emitting diesel generators.
Managing director David Amos said: “In the two years since our launch, our innovative green hydrogen generator has already removed tons of carbon from the atmosphere at various festivals and live music events.
“It is very clear that there is huge potential to bring this turnkey green hydrogen solution to other sectors, including outdoor cinema, construction and industry, as well as outdoor events.”
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