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Fife demonstrates Hydrogen boiler at All-Energy UK

Fife is demonstrating a new type of hydrogen boiler today, Thursday 24 May, at All-Energy UK. The Fife stand is featuring a model of the boiler which will be used to power the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre at Energy Park Fife when it opens in the summer.

Energy minister with hydrogen boiler modelThe boiler demonstrates how excess energy from renewable sources can be stored as hydrogen fuel then used to heat houses and buildings. Designed by Pure Energy Centre, it will be the first boiler of its type to heat a building using renewable hydrogen - which will be produced in the Hydrogen Office at Energy Park Fife.

Elizabeth Johnson from the Pure Energy Centre in Shetland commented: “This pioneering design will increase Scotland’s fuel energy security through storage of renewable energy potential as hydrogen fuel. The combustion inside the boiler is achieved without a flame, and no dangerous emissions, and provides us with a much needed heating solution.”

Yesterday the Fife team, together with East Coast Renewables, hosted a networking lunch. The event brought together Scottish Enterprise, SDI, the Crown Estate, and Marine Scotland, and was extremely well attended. It highlighted progress over the past year and set out the challenges ahead.

A key speaker at the networking event was Alan McAskill, Director of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, Scottish Renewables, and a member of the Steering Committee of the European Wind Technology Platform. Mr McAskill gave an upbeat and poignant speech saying:

“Scottish Offshore Wind will move from concept to reality in the second half of this decade. Several years ago talk was around “if” and “can” Scottish Offshore Wind deliver. Now its about “when” and “how big” we will deliver. There are obviously key challenges to this delivery, but we have the skills, the will, and the capability to overcome these key challenges”.

East Coast Renewables is an alliance of ten local authorities working to maximise the growth of the offshore renewables market in the East of Scotland. The partnership focuses on strategic priorities including supply chain and skills, research and development, and knowledge transfer.

Robin Presswood, Fife Council’s Business & Strategy Manager, said: “I don’t think I’ve seen such a busy All-Energy UK show before, it’s a great atmosphere and we had a fantastic first day. The Fife stand and its businesses were kept busy making new contacts and, today, we have the hydrogen boiler demonstration to look forward to - a UK first.”

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