May 17, 2020

Total Opens Solar-Powered Service Station in Lagos

Total
Solar Energy
Renewables
Renewable Energy
Admin
2 min
Total opened a $1.5 million environmental-friendly solar powered service station in Lagos. This is the first of its kind in West Africa.
French energy giant Total opened a$1.5 million environmental-friendly solar powered service station in Lagos. This is the first of its kind in West Afri...

French energy giant Total opened a $1.5 million environmental-friendly solar powered service station in Lagos. This is the first of its kind in West Africa.

Total is committed to offer green energy to Africa, directs its efforts to boost zero emission of harmful green house gases, zero noise pollution and renewed energy sources. Total Nigeria said that it’s pledge is to provide renewed energy solutions that are environmentally friendly and efficient.

Momar Nguer, Senior Vice President, Total Group, said at the commissioning of the new service station,“We launched our new T-air service station concept to display our commitment to renewable energy, more investment in Nigeria and boosting economic growth and sustainable development.” He disclosed that the project is worth N250million.

The service station is part of the company’s vow to produce innovative and safe energy that are in line with international health and safety standards, he said. “It is not borne out of purely economic reasons but out of Total’s passion to make sustainable and positive impact on the lives of people in developing societies,” he added.

Total also plans to open a second solar-energy powered service station in Nigeria in Abuja, the capital city, before the end of the year.

Total Nigeria Managing Director Alexis Vovk noted that more than 80 million people lack access to electricity in Nigeria. He said that apart from the newly opened service station, Total has also undertaken various steps like investing on several creative solutions like the Awango by Total solar lamps and hybrid energy solutions for the telecommunications industry. “This year alone, we have commissioned 16 new stations with another solar-powered station in Abuja,” he was reported as saying.

The Nigerian government has initiated several reforms in the energy sector of late. Total said that with the help of its solar lamps, it seeks to provide access to lighting for 5 percent “off-the-grid” households in Nigeria in the next three years.

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Apr 12, 2021

ScottishPower submits plans for UK's largest electrolyser

Hydrogen
Renewables
scotland
UK
Dominic Ellis
3 min
The 20MW electrolyser will be the key component of a green hydrogen facility close to ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm
The 20MW electrolyser will be the key component of a green hydrogen facility close to ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm...

ScottishPower has submitted a planning application to deliver the UK’s largest electrolyser which will be the key component of a green hydrogen facility located close to its Whitelee windfarm. 

Alongside the 20MW electrolyser, the application also includes proposals for a combined solar and battery energy storage scheme - up to 40MW and 50MW respectively - to power the electrolyser. They will be installed about 5km west of Lochgoin Reservoir and next to the existing Whitelee Extension substation.

The submission marks an important step for Green Hydrogen for Scotland, a partnership between ScottishPower, BOC and ITM Power, to create green hydrogen production facilities with clusters of refuelling stations across Scotland.

The proposed green hydrogen project will be engineered and operated by BOC, using wind and solar power produced by ScottishPower Renewables, and the electrolyser will be delivered by ITM Power. The project aims to supply hydrogen to the commercial market before 2023.

Green Hydrogen for Glasgow aims to provide carbon-free transport and clean air for communities across Glasgow as well as helping support industrial hydrogen demand in the region. The city, set to host the United Nations 26th Climate Change Conference, COP26, later this year, aims to become the first net zero city in the UK by 2030.   

Barry Carruthers, ScottishPower’s Hydrogen Director, said: “With all eyes set to be on Glasgow later this year as the city hosts the UN’s 26th climate change conference, COP26, it’s fantastic to be making this next important step towards delivering green hydrogen for Glasgow.

“Whitelee keeps breaking barriers, first the UK’s largest onshore windfarm, and soon to be home to the UK’s largest electrolyser. The site has played a vital role in helping the UK to decarbonise and we look forward to delivering another vital form of zero carbon energy generation at the site to help Glasgow and Scotland achieve their net zero goals.”

He added green hydrogen has a vital role to play in Scotland and the wider UK’s journey to Net Zero emissions, providing a sustainable energy source that can provide clean, renewable energy for industries, heavy transport and companies for future decades.

Green hydrogen is a zero carbon energy source which can be used by industries and companies that cannot fully electrify their operations to help them lower their emissions, for example, heavy duty transport like buses and bin lorries.

The technology gets its name from the green power source, normally wind or solar, used to power an electrolyser to split water into its core elements; hydrogen and oxygen gas. The hydrogen can then be stored and transported for use as needed.

The green hydrogen facility at Whitelee, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm, will house a 20MW electrolyser and would be able to produce up to 8 tonnes of green hydrogen per day, roughly equivalent to fuelling over 550 buses to travel from Glasgow to Edinburgh and back again each day.

Graham Cooley, CEO ITM Power, said it marks an exciting milestone based on market development for green hydrogen for the city of Glasgow, that will see the UK’s largest electrolyser deployment to date being realised in Scotland.

Mark Griffin, Hydrogen Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels at BOC said: “The scale of this project demonstrates the growing demand for clean hydrogen and as a member of the Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership, we’re delighted to bring our hydrogen mobility and refuelling project expertise to help deliver a ground-breaking facility in Glasgow.”

The hydrogen production facility could support Glasgow City Council as well as surrounding local authorities and industries in their ambitions to create a zero emissions vehicle fleet, using only electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles by the end of 2029.

ScottishPower expects a decision on the planning application in autumn.

The UK recently announced a £3 million investment to develop the Tees Valley hydrogen transport hub (click here). 

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