Storing Scotland’s massive renewable energy production


I wrote a few weeks ago about a solution to storing surplus energy produced by our already massive renewables capacity to extract hydrogen simply and cheaply and safely from water and to store the gas in tanks on unused oil rigs. It’s already being looked at seriously by the Germans so you know what that means:

Suddenly there’s a brilliant alternative to oil rig decommissioning costs. You can store Scotland’s surplus renewable electricity with it and it’s low-tech.

Now, already Aberdeen City Council has a fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles and a storage facility at Cove. To increase awareness of hydrogen fuel cell technology and to attract young potential engineers and entrepreneurs into the field, the council and Hydrogenics, who run the refuelling station, have held a ‘hackathon’ involving 100 young inventors. The original piece in the Scottish Business News Network isn’t too clear just what the challenge was that the young inventors faced.  However, there were teams and a cup for the winning team. I have to assume that they had to come up with new ideas to exploit the technology or to improve in some way?


3 thoughts on “Storing Scotland’s massive renewable energy production

  1. Contrary August 28, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    So,,, is that a hydrogen fuelled bus in the picture? Or just a random picture of a bus?


  2. johnrobertson834 August 29, 2017 / 7:40 am

    It’s one of Aberdeen’s hydrogen-powered ones. Would I use a random bus? Me?


  3. Contrary August 29, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Hmm. Of course not?

    So, they have actual real live public transport in the form of a great big bus fuelled by hydrogen? That’s impressive, I thought it would just be golf carts or something. You could have expanded the article no bother to tell us what the fleet looks like, wouldn’t have been way off topic? Or even a caption under the photie ‘this isn’t a random bus’.


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