An Edinburgh-headquartered firm has been named as the hydrogen refuelling partner on a £1.9 million Irish transport project.
Clean energy firm Logan Energy will supply and maintain a hydrogen refuelling station in Belfast to support the rollout of three hydrogen-fuelled double decker buses in the city.
Part of the Northern Ireland Hydrogen Transport project, which is being led by Energia Group and public transport partner, Translink, it received £1.9 million of grant funding from the Hydrogen for Transport Programme.
The Edinburgh-based firm has been contracted by consortium partner, Energia Group – Northern Ireland’s leading energy supplier – to design, deliver and maintain the hydrogen refuelling station for the project at Translink’s Milewater Service Centre in Belfast.
Bill Ireland, chief executive of Logan Energy, said: “We are pleased to have been chosen as the hydrogen partner of choice for this significant project in Belfast.
“The refuelling station we intend to supply will be our largest capacity yet and will be the first one intended for the refuelling of double decker buses.
“Our role in this project will be extremely valuable in building on our already extensive experience of delivering hydrogen refuelling stations across the UK and Europe.”
The new fuel cell buses will be powered by renewable hydrogen produced through electrolysis on Energia’s Long Mountain Windfarm near Rasharkin in County Antrim.
Peter Baillie, managing director of Energia Renewables, added: “Energia is proud to be driving the transition to a lower carbon future with our hydrogen production project.
“When the wind energy our turbines produce exceeds demand, rather than curtailing the electricity, we will be producing green hydrogen.
“The pilot project on our wind farm is supported by the international consortium, GenComm, with funding from the EU’s Interreg programme.
“Together, we are keen to see the development of hydrogen infrastructure in Northern Ireland.”