HYDROGEN technology expert, Logan Energy, is now responsible for the entire hydrogen production, distribution, and refuelling process for the Belfast Bus Project in Northern Ireland after successfully securing three prestigious contract wins.
By supplying green hydrogen for public transport, Logan Energy is helping drive the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy and meet ambitious net zero targets.
Earlier this year, Logan Energy announced that it had been commissioned to design and install a hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) in Belfast. Supporting the rollout of three hydrogen buses in the city, the £1.9 million pilot project was backed by the Irish public transport authority, Translink, and represented a considerable step forward in integrating renewable energy alternatives into public transport services.
Logan Energy was also commissioned by Irish energy leader, Energia Group, to supply and maintain three hydrogen tube trailers to support the safe transportation of hydrogen from the production site to the HRS in the capital.
Hot on the heels of these two contracts is Logan Energy’s most recent contract with Areva H2Gen, where it will be responsible for integrating, operating and maintaining a 1MW electrolyser at a wind farm in County Antrim, as well as manufacturing a hydrogen compression module and a filling unit for the hydrogen tube trailer.
Of the achievement, Bill Ireland, CEO of Logan Energy, said: “We are proud to play such a significant role in Northern Ireland’s hydrogen infrastructure. It’s great to see the country turning to green hydrogen to aid the transition to clean energy and we are committed to creating a fully integrated system, which can meet growing demands for a greener economy.
“We have unrivalled knowledge in the successful integration of hydrogen technology and have built up strong working relationships with all of our partners. We hope to see more green hydrogen projects like these spring across the UK as we move full steam ahead towards achieving our net zero goals.”
With ambitious and legally binding 2050 net zero targets in place, Logan Energy believes that now is the time to realise the potential of hydrogen in creating a greener, cleaner energy system.
Governments across the UK and Europe are beginning to carve out a place for hydrogen in the renewables transition In January 2020, the Scottish government announced a £62 million Energy Transition Fund to support businesses in the oil, gas and energy sectors grow and diversify. The investment has a focus on the North East of Scotland, which is becoming a hub for hydrogen.
Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association added: “I am delighted to see the progress being made by SHFCA members Logan Energy and Areva H2Gen in helping to share learning and experience from hydrogen projects in Scotland with the developing hydrogen hub in Belfast. Scotland and Northern Ireland have had close trading and commercial links for many years, and this will continue to be to our mutual benefit.”
In the Netherlands, the Dutch government recently shared its hydrogen strategy, outlining its ambition to become world leaders in the production and use of green hydrogen. It announced a €132M investment in a 100MW electrolysis system in Denmark producing green hydrogen for e-fuels. Germany has also placed hydrogen at the forefront of its renewables effort with the recently released German National Hydrogen Strategy, which sets a target of 5GW of electrolyser capacity by 2030 using renewable electricity.