Logan Energy awarded first contract for Levenmouth Community Energy Project

Hydrogen London member, Logan Energy has been awarded the first contract in the ambitious Levenmouth Community Energy Project.

Bright Green Hydrogen, the initiative’s lead partner, has appointed Logan Energy, specialists in providing energy solutions incorporating electroylsers, fuel cells and hydrogen technologies to deliver key components of the project which will investigate the potential of hydrogen as a future fuel.

The four-year project will see the Hydrogen Office in Methil developed into a world-class demonstrator of hydrogen applications generated from renewable sources. Hydrogen will be both 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; and compressed and stored for 350bar refuelling of vehicles.

To demonstrate this technology Logan Energy will supply and install a state-of-the-art hydrogen-based energy balancing system and two mobile hydrogen refuelling units. The energy balancing system comprises a 250kWe Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolyser, a compressed gas storage arrangement and a 100kW PEM fuel cell. Coupled with a smart control system, the energy balancing is achieved by generating and storing hydrogen when there is renewable energy available. This in turn is used to run the fuel cell to provide power to the private wire network at times when there is insufficient renewable energy being generated.

The mobile refuelling units are self-contained modules, based upon ISO shipping container dimensions, so that they can be readily transported and easily relocated from site to site. The two units differ slightly in that one utilises a PEM-based electrolyser and the other uses an alkali-based electrolyser. This has been done so that the performance of the two units can be directly compared.

The innovative project will not only put Levenmouth at the forefront of the global clean energy revolution but underline Logan Energy’s reputation as experts in the integration of electrolysers, fuel cells and hydrogen technologies who have now delivered more than 1MWe of the clean energy technology in the UK.

Bill Ireland CEO of Logan Energy said: “As world leaders in the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in commercial applications Logan Energy are pleased to bring our experience to help deliver the Levenmouth Community Energy Project. This is a very exciting development and we are delighted to be awarded the contract for the two refuellers and energy storage system with Bright Green Hydrogen and their project partners.”

Logan Energy maintains the hydrogen technologies within the current Hydrogen Office system which consists of a 750kW wind turbine, 30kW electrolyser, 10kW hydrogen fuel cell and a geothermal source heat pump. The facility also houses a 5kW hydrogen boiler, which provides space heating in the nearby Fife Renewables Innovation Centre, and has a public electric vehicle charging station available onsite.

Levenmouth Community Energy Project comprises Bright Green Hydrogen Ltd along with Fife Council, Toshiba, Leven Valley Development Trust, Fife College, BOC (for hydrogen transport) Green Business Fife, Community Energy Scotland, and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA).

Under the scheme, Levenmouth will also become the home of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles (25) including Ford Transits (10), Renault Kangoo vans (10), and refuse collection vehicles (2). Hydrogen refuelling is to be installed at both the Hydrogen Office and at Fife Council’s vehicle depot at Bankhead in Glenrothes.

George Archibald, chief executive at Bright Green Hydrogen, which is leading the project consortium, said: “Making such major progress already puts us in a good position on the critical path to developing the project and demonstrates the partners’ commitment to seeing the scheme up-and-running. The team at Logan Energy, who are highly experienced with an established track record, have an integral role to play in helping the project partners to bring this cutting-edge development to fruition and we welcome them on board.”