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Development of Early Hydrogen in Scotland


The report was commissioned by Scottish Enterprise and undertaken by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the Net Zero Technology Centre, who assessed the global market, competition, technology, locations, infrastructure and export opportunities for the development of both green and blue hydrogen technologies to meet the demand for Scottish hydrogen in the next decade.


The research methodology comprised two principal strands – a techno-economic study followed by desk research to assess the opportunities for clean hydrogen production at numerous locations across Scotland, by comparison to the ‘ideal’ site benchmark.


Several potentially ideal hydrogen production sites exist in Scotland: located near heavy industrial locations and co-located with industrial hydrogen and oxygen off-takers, civils infrastructure, skilled workforce and local support. Many sites across Scotland have the potential to harness and develop local natural resources and infrastructure to produce large scale green and blue hydrogen, such as The Acorn Hydrogen project with CCUS infrastructure.


The initial ‘Development and Integration of Early, Clean Hydrogen Production Plants in Scotland’ report will be followed up with a site prospectus that will assess key locations in Scotland suitable for clean hydrogen production.

Author Energy Transition Alliance (ETA)
Published Year 2022
Report Type Research
  • Enterprise
    Sector-level support
  • Sectors
  • Internationalisation
    Exporting, Internationalisation of Scottish businesses