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Toshiba to work on hydrogen research project in Scotland

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Toshiba will join a five-year project in Scotland to investigate the potential of hydrogen as a future fuel, the company’s first hydrogen research project outside Japan.

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The Levenmouth Community Energy Project will run from April to March 2020 in a redevelopment area of the Methil Docks in Methil, Fife.

The Japanese company will deploy its hydrogen energy management system, designed for optimal production and storage of hydrogen based on electricity supply and demand forecasts. Toshiba will also handle overall system control, allowing the company to collect operating data from the entire system.

Electricity generated by wind and solar power will be used to run a hydrogen producing water electrolysis system. The hydrogen will be stored and used as a fuel source for hybrid commercial vehicles powered by fuel cells and diesel engines.

The project is funded by the Local Energy Challenge Fund, created in November 2014 by the Scottish government. Eight other organizations, including Bright Green Hydrogen Ltd., a Fife-based nonprofit organization that promotes a hydrogen future, and the local authority Fife Council, are involved in the project.

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