Scotland set to lead

Scotland set to lead the world in advanced hydrogen technology

Academics and industry leaders are gathering in Glasgow this week as the University of Strathclyde hosts a conference which will help Scotland take the lead with advancements in new hydrogen technologies.

The 4th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC), being held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, is bringing together experts from all over the world to explore opportunities to create a clean, sustainable hydrogen economy from renewable energy.

This is particularly relevant to Scotland and the UK where there are substantial wind, wave and tidal resources available. As Scotland has more potential wind power than it can use, if wind energy can be used to make hydrogen then it offers a route for the country to utilise its natural energy potential.

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP tested a Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell powered car at the convention. He said: "Scotland can be at the forefront of new hydrogen technologies, which offer us a way of storing and building on the energy generated by our abundant renewable resources.

"I am delighted experts from all over the world have come to Scotland to discuss the opportunities hydrogen technologies offer and see for themselves our natural resources and the low-carbon revolution that is already taking place here.

"Scotland has the potential to lead the world in low-carbon technologies and renewables, and we are committed to capitalising on the natural advantages our experience, skills and resources give us.

"These advantages mean we are well placed to play a leading role in developing and using hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The Hydrogen Office in Fife is already putting this technology to practical use, using fuel cells to store energy from wind to fuel an electric van.

"Events like this conference allow experts from all over the world to share their knowledge and expertise, and bring us closer to our low carbon future."

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, added: "Attracting the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention to Glasgow is a real coup for the city, and provides an opportunity to showcase Scotland's research, innovation and industrial capabilities in hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

"Collaboration between academia, business and industry will play a critical role in Scotland's success as a leader in the development of a low carbon economy, and I'm delighted to see so many organisations taking part in this international conference.

"Our renewable energy sector is one of the most innovative in Europe and a significant part of our economy. Research and technologies like those on display this week, combined with advanced skills training, will be key to helping Scotland meet its ambitious renewables targets and building our energy future.??

Cars, buses and trains can all run on hydrogen and as part of the convention, a Honda FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell powered car was on display. The world's first production hydrogen fuel cell car produces less than half the CO2 emissions of a conventional petrol car.