Levenmouth Project Hydrogen Local Energy System Goes Live

The Levenmouth Community Energy Project has now completed successful commissioning of one of the most advanced smart energy systems ever used on a local energy project. Methil will now see the deployment of seventeen hydrogen fuelled vehicles into regular use by Fife Council and a number of businesses in the Levenmouth area of Fife. This fleet of low emission vehicles includes two specially adapted hydrogen  dual-fuel bin lorries which are coming into service as part of this innovative new green energy project based at Methil docks

The Levenmouth Community Energy Project (LCEP) partners include Bright Green Hydrogen Ltd, Fife Council, Toshiba, and the Leven Valley Development Trust. LCEP was supported by £4M funding from the Local Energy Challenge Fund. Additional funding from Transport Scotland enabled installation of an additional hydrogen storage and refuelling station at the council’s Bankhead vehicle depot in Glenrothes, on the A92 trunk road.

SHFCA member Logan Energy designed, supplied and installed a state-of-the-art LCEP hydrogen-based energy storage systems and two mobile hydrogen vehicle refuelling units at Methil, in Fife, Scotland. The mobile refuelling units are self-contained modules, based upon ISO shipping container dimensions, so they can be readily transported and easily relocated from site to site. These are used to refuel one of Europe’s largest fleets of hydrogen hybrid vehicles which includes vans and refuse lorries.

The energy balancing system which was designed and installed by Logan Energy comprises a 250kWe Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Electrolyser, a gas storage arrangement and a 100kWe PEM fuel cell. Coupled with the Toshiba smart control system, the LCEP energy balancing is achieved by generating and storing hydrogen when there is excess renewable energy available.

The hydrogen can be used to power the fuel cell to provide power to a private wire network for six local buildings at times when there is insufficient renewable energy being generated. This hydrogen helps overcome the intermittency of renewable energy, as well as being compressed and stored for 350bar refuelling of vehicles.

Hydrogen has been demonstrated at Levenmouth to be a significant resource for both electricity and heat requirements, as well as a sustainable zero emission transport fuel which can drive the energy sector through the global clean energy revolution. Renewable energy from wind and solar is becoming increasingly important to Scotland’s low carbon energy supply. However, energy storage is increasingly needed to match production with demand. Hydrogen is one of the key solutions to achieving higher levels of renewable electricity generation and integration into the energy system, as demonstrated by the innovative Levenmouth Community Energy Project.