GreenPower International has received planning approval for its green hydrogen hub on the west coast of Scotland, Kallanish learns.

The Argyll Hydrogen Hub, set to be located at the Glenshellach Industrial Estate in Oban, Argyll and Bute, will be supplied with renewable power from GreenPower’s nearby 46-megawatt wind farm. The hydrogen production and distribution centre is expected to begin production by the end of 2025.

The Scottish green energy company submitted a planning application for the project to the Argyll and Bute Council last September. Once operational, GreenPower plans to supply hydrogen for local use in ferries, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), trains, buses, industrial power and heating. However, the hydrogen production capacity of the hub remains unclear.

“Green hydrogen is an important zero-carbon fuel that can help meet climate obligations while delivering sustainable fuel for a wide range of purposes,” says Paul Minto, director of green hydrogen at GreenPower. “In Argyll there are several sectors currently dependent on fossil fuels where fuel-switching could radically reduce carbon emissions, and where jobs can be created through local production and use of green hydrogen.”

The director also welcomed all “potential users” to contact the company to discuss supply options.

“As a company rooted in Scotland, we already have renewable energy facilities in Argyll, and we are delighted with this approval which means we can take further steps in the region to create clean, green jobs and more economic development,” adds Rob Forrest, GreenPower ceo.

The company is also considering the potential for hydrogen production at its other energy sites, including the proposed Barachander Wind Farm in Argyll.