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World first for hydrogen power


The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has delivered another world first – hydrogen generated from tidal power.

EMEC is located in Orkney, Scotland, and on Friday 25 August hydrogen gas was produced ‘using electricity generated from tidal energy’. The hydrogen gas offers a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. The electrolyser supplied by ITM Power, received power from prototype tidal energy converters – Scotrenewables’ SR2000 and Tocardo’s TFS and T2 turbine.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power, said: “We are delighted to be working with EMEC and to have reached the milestone of first gas production on this ground-breaking project to directly couple an electrolyser to tidal turbines. This is an excellent example of using hydrogen to capture and store excess renewable energy.”

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