#11 The Challenge of an Innovative Project

Today’s guest on Sustainable is David Hogg, Technical Manager at Bright Green Hydrogen.

Their Levenmouth community energy project is primarily a business community energy project. There are currently three buildings on a wire network all connected to the same renewable energy source and the project is expanding this by adding another five buildings to the micro grid.

It also focuses on creating a hydrogen energy storage system, particularly useful in remote island settings, to stores renewable energy as hydrogen which converts this to electricity through a fuel cell.

This energy storage system helps alleviate the problem of putting renewable energy into the main grid, which could cause problems in supply.

The storage system is to be used in hydrogen vehicles, which are the part of the project that’s closest to commercial viability. They are creating a fleet of seventeen vehicles, ten of which will be leased out to businesses in the local community.

Key partners in doing this are Fife Council; who are leasing seven cars and creating a hydrogen fuelling station near their headquarters, Toshiba; who are writing the software; and Logan Energy; who are installing the hydrogen system and refuelling stations.

David suggests any company looking to implement sustainable practices in their organisation to carry out a full life cycle of the project and look at the savings as well as the cost. He notes that carbon reduction targets look good as part of your PR and branding and that its important when applying for government tenders.

His key piece of advice is to look for ways to cut usage, which is a very quick and cheap gain for a company and also to choose what sustainable practices you’re going to adopt based on the resources you have available as well as the environment surrounding you.

Nature really has its own capital and you need to take that into account when you’re making decisions.David Hogg

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