UK’s largest electrolyser targeted for outskirts of Glasgow


ScottishPower has unveiled plans to build the UK’s largest electrolyser as part of a green hydrogen facility producing up to 8 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

On 12 April, it announced that it had submitted a planning application for a 20MW electrolyser, as well as a 40MW solar farm and 50MW battery energy storage scheme to power it. It would be located near ScottishPower’s Whitelee windfarm and would aim to start supplying hydrogen to the commercial market before 2023. It would have the potential to support Glasgow City Council, as well as local authorities and industries, in their ambitions to create a zero emission vehicle fleet, using just electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles by the end of 2029.

It marks a significant milestone for the Green Hydrogen for Scotland partnership as the first project to be built as part of it. The partnership, launched back in September, includes BOC and ITM Power alongside ScottishPower and is aiming to create green hydrogen production facilities with clusters of refuelling stations across Scotland. BOC will engineer and operate the project, with ITM Power delivering the electrolyser.

A decision on the planning application is expected in autumn 2021.