FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve put together this list of frequently asked questions to give you more information on the project and approach.

If you have any questions in addition to the ones below, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Q: Why is Protium investing in this project?

To deliver on green hydrogen projects and commitments, Protium needs a portfolio of renewable energy projects.  These projects can be co-located at the green hydrogen site or in other appropriate sites around the UK and we then use the grid to sleeve energy to site.  This is our first investment in Scotland and we are delighted that we will be able to utilise Scotland’s extensive renewable resource to support multiple hydrogen projects across the UK.

Q: Why not pick renewables site close to the hydrogen site?

We try to co-locate however this is not always possible and inthe case of Hartwood – it is a development of scale that will feed multiple projects.  It is Protium’s first Scottish renewables site which will be powering renewable activity across the UK, one of which is in Salmesbury. 

Q: Do you have plans to do a hydrogen project in Scotland?

This project is the start of Protium’s investment in Scotland. 

Q: When will the project happen?

The project secured planning permission in November 2017, after which Protium purchased the site from ABO Wind.  Protium are undertaking investigation works and expect to commence construction in 2024 which will take approximately 2 years.

Q: What is the size of the development?

The windfarm will comprise seven wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 126.5m and produce 20.5MW.

Q: How safe is green hydrogen as a fuel source?

Green hydrogen is an established technology and is regulated by the highest safety standards. The best way to consider this is to compare green hydrogen to conventional fuel sources like petrol, diesel, and natural gas. While no fuel is 100 per cent safe, green hydrogen is considered safer than conventional fuels in many ways. It is not toxic or carcinogenic, so does not contaminate the environment. Vehicles that run on hydrogen fuels cells produce only water vapour, as opposed to emitting harmful exhaust emissions. Green hydrogen is an established technology and is regulated by the highest safety standards. 

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