Future phases could see production scaled up through further investment to supply larger volumes of green hydrogen for rail, freight and marine, as well as the supply of hydrogen for heat and, potentially, export. This expansion would be enabled by the expected increased availability of local renewable energy sources, including offshore wind.
Aberdeen City Council, which intends to become net zero by 2045, is also working with the city of Kobe, Japan, as part of the H2 Twin Cities initiative, which showcases cities and communities around the world deploying clean hydrogen solutions, with the aim of promoting international partnership by sharing best practices and lessons learned.
Also in Scotland, an Orkney-based demonstration project is creating an integrated low-carbon, localised energy system by establishing a replicable model of hydrogen production, storage and distribution for heat, power and transport uses.
New end-use segment for platinum
There are not many established commodities that offer the prospect of significant growth in demand from a new end-use segment as platinum does through its importance to the hydrogen economy.
The need to decarbonise is more acute than ever and platinum-based PEM technologies will have a significant role to play in the energy transition. While hydrogen-related demand for platinum is relatively small in 2022 and 2023, it is expected to grow substantially through the 2020s and beyond, reaching as much as 35 per cent of total annual platinum demand by 2040.