Edinburgh-based hydrogen (H2) specialist Logan Energy welcomed a delegation from Spain to showcase its technology operating at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.
A state-of-the-art H2-based renewable energy balancing system and two mobile H2 refuelling stations (HRS) provide H2 for the projects fleet of 17 H2 vehicles and balance the private wire grid for the Methil Docks Business Park.
The systems generate and store H2 when there is excess renewable energy available. The H2 is then used to power a fuel cell to provide power to the private wire network at times when there is insufficient renewable energy being generated. The two HRSs are used to power Europe’s largest fleet of H2 hybrid vehicles which includes vans and refuse collection lorries.
The energy balancing system designed, built, and commissioned by Logan Energy comprises a 250kWe Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolyser, a gas storage arrangement, 100kWe PEM fuel cell and smart control system. The relocatable HRSs are self-contained modules, based upon ISO shipping container dimensions, so they can be readily transported and easily relocated from site to site.
“What we have achieved during the first six months at Levenmouth further demonstrates the huge potential of H2 as a standalone multisector energy resource that also supports existing energy networks”
Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy
The visit from the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation and Calvera, a high pressure compressed gas transport and storage systems company, sought to develop collaboration for opportunities in the UK, Spain and throughout Europe. It further cemented relationships formed during an SDI trade mission earlier this year to Zaragoza, Spain, which was organised by the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.
Logan Energy’s CEO, Bill Ireland, enthused, “It was fantastic to welcome these two leading organisations to Scotland and showcase how the real-life application of H2 has been so well established, received and successful at the Levenmouth Community Energy Project. Collaboration is key as we increase the role of H2 in the clean energy revolution.”
“What we have achieved during the first six months at Levenmouth further demonstrates the huge potential of H2 as a standalone multisector energy resource that also supports existing energy networks. Going forward, we shall work with our international partners to develop opportunities to replicate these successes which will make a real difference to distributed renewable energy storage and clean transport worldwide.”
Up to 60kg of H2 is stored at the site and reconverted to electricity at times when on-site wind and solar generation is low helping to offset the intermittency of renewable energy, as well as being compressed and dispensed at 350bar for ultra-low and zero-emission H2 vehicles.
Logan Energy will maintain the systems for five years and will continue to gather and assess information on their performance.
Logan Energy was founded in 2005 and has a vast amount of experience designing, installing, commissioning and maintaining fuel cell and H2 energy systems in the UK and Europe. To date, it has installed, commissioned and maintains more than 1.1MWe of fuel cells.