Work begins on energy centre

Hydrogen Office, one of Europe’s most advanced and integrated testing sites for innovative renewable energy and fuel cell energy storage technologies is under construction in Scotland.

Once complete, the £2.7m energy efficient development, which is being constructed at Methil in Fife, will be a demonstration centre powered a unique renewable energy and hydrogen fuel cell. It will also integrate other renewable technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal heat pumps.

The centre will form part of Fife’s flagship Energy Park offering, designed as a centre of excellence for innovation and the development of renewable energy solutions.

The project, which is joint funded by Scottish Enterprise, Alsherra Investments and the European Regional Development Fund from the East of Scotland Programme, will work towards meeting the Scottish government’s targets which aim to see half of Scotland’s electricity generated from renewable energy sources by 2020.

The partners hope that the Hydrogen Office and Demonstration Centre project will result in considerable economic benefits for the Scottish economy over the next 25 years. They estimate it could create up to £81m in gross value add (GVA) through the emergence of new businesses further developing, manufacturing and installing hydrogen and renewable energy powered office facilities.