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Orkney Hydrogen Strategy

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Hydrogen solutions developed in Orkney will be applicable to other communities facing similar energy related challenges of their own as we transition to a low carbon society. This strategy seeks to encourage a wide range of hydrogen stakeholders to aid development of the associated economy and create conditions to promote the increased application of hydrogen technologies and developing the use of hydrogen in the community while investment opportunities are available. Orkney will use the aims of this hydrogen strategy to continue to develop the commercialisation of green hydrogen and as such: Development of an appropriately scaled hydrogen economy shall fulfil the goals applied in the Orkney Sustainable Energy Strategy to create a positive and lasting impact on the local community, private enterprise, industry and the public sector by developing a set of hydrogen specific strategic development themes.

These five hydrogen development themes are:

1. Innovative local energy systems and hydrogen economies – using existing a new technologies, software and techniques to deliver locally produced energy to regional users, reducing waste and managing economics in balance with social and environmental impacts.

2. Renewably produced low carbon hydrogen – focus on green hydrogen production through electrolysis from renewable sources to minimise impact on the environment.

3. Energy security, system flexibility and self-sufficiency – to reduce reliance on imported energy streams and to use local energy in a smarter and more efficient way to the benefit of local communities.

4. Just transition – ensuring that the benefits from developing new ways to deliver energy are available across the broadest range of society.

5. Promoting innovative research and development using a collaborative approach – continuing to innovate, not just the technology, but systems as a whole. Particularly how these systems interact with the end-users and continue to work in partnership where possible to increase efficacy of information flows. With continued concerted effort from the variety of community members, as well as with wider stakeholders, collaborators and suppliers, it is possible for Orkney to transition to a low carbon future that meets the demands of all users without such significant reliance on costly and polluting fossil fuels. Innovation needs to continue to be fostered to allow mass uptake of low carbon technologies, including hydrogen technologies, into every household with a view to reducing wide reaching issues such as fuel poverty, climate change and more sustainable tourism that particularly affect the future prosperity of rural regions.

 

 

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