Council signs agreement to develop hydrogen centers across the Highlands

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Highland Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with net zero technology provider Getech to allow its subsidiary H2 Green to develop and operate several green hydrogen hubs in the Scottish Highlands.

The infrastructure aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of the Highlands Council area.

The company and the council will now develop an infrastructure plan for hydrogen production, storage and delivery to optimal locations, establishing commercial agreements for the offtake of green hydrogen as well as commercial agreements for the consumption of by-products of hydrogen generation.

Highland Council will contribute £100,000 towards the cost of this initial work.

The parties have already started negotiations on the terms of a joint venture agreement under which the proposed decarbonisation plan for the Highlands will be implemented. To facilitate this negotiation, the Highland Council granted H2 Green six months of exclusivity.

Getech Managing Director, Dr Jonathan Copus, said: “At the heart of this network is our first planned hydrogen hub with SGN Commercial Services located in Inverness, which will serve high-volume customers.

“In line with these objectives, we have already announced agreements with Eversholt Rail to accelerate the large-scale deployment of their hydrogen trains on the Far North and West Highland Lines of Scotland.”

Highland Council leader, Councilor Margaret Davidson, said: “The planned works have the potential to establish the Highlands as a leading center of innovation for the decarbonisation of commercial transport.

“We see this as a significant opportunity to attract external investment to the region, creating additional jobs and supply chain developments that will accelerate the transition to net zero.”

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