I reported earlier on the use of surplus wind energy to produce hydrogen from seawater
Now the final element of the system, the fuel cells store is in place to complete this pioneering technology which is the first in the World. Here’s a more technical explanation from Tidal Energy yesterday:
‘The fuel cell is the final aspect of the hydrogen generation system being developed in Orkney as part of the Surf ‘n’ Turf project – a pilot project looking to circumvent local grid constraints by generating hydrogen from tidal and wind energy. Other elements of the system include an electrolyser which has been installed at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal test site on the island of Eday. It produced the world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen in August this year. Once produced, hydrogen will be stored and transported to Kirkwall where the fuel cell will convert it back into electricity for use by the inter-island ferries whilst berthed at the pier.’
The project was funded by a £1.3 million grant from the Scottish government.