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11th May 2023

Nova and consortium partners The University of Strathclyde, Shetland Islands Council and Ricardo Energy, have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Emerging Energy Technologies Fund – Hydrogen Innovation Scheme for their GHOST project. 

The GHOST project (Green Hydrogen and Oxygen Supply from Tidal Energy) will look at the potential of producing green hydrogen and oxygen from Nova's tidal energy projects in

Unlike conventional hydrogen production methods that rely on fossil fuels, green hydrogen
generated from renewable power, is a clean and sustainable alternative that has the potential to revolutionise the energy industry and forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s energy strategy.

The GHOST Project will assess the potential for tidal energy projects around Yell, one of Scotland’s Carbon Neutral Islands, to deliver the predictable electricity required by electrolysers to make hydrogen and oxygen for Shetland.

The study will also explore the use of hydrogen and oxygen for transport, domestic heating and industry in Shetland including the Saxavord Space Centre. Oxygen, an oft discarded by-product of green hydrogen production, is already used in aquaculture on Shetland and has the potential to be used by the Saxavord Space Centre, creating a 100% renewable rocket fuel.

Simon Forrest, CEO at Nova Innovation, said:

"We are delighted to have won funding for the GHOST Project, which will enable us to explore the potential for producing green hydrogen and oxygen ultilising tidal power. We believe that green hydrogen will transform the energy industry, delivering huge benefits for the people of Shetland with heat and transport, as well as creating the possibility of green space travel. With the opportunity to bypass electricity grid constraints, hydrogen is a promising route to market for tidal energy and other renewables. The study will provide us with valuable insights into the role of green hydrogen and oxygen across Shetland."

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