29 April 2016Responses to Curtailment - BIG HIT

The following text was released as a press release on Thursday 28th April 2016 and also in the Shapinsay Sound posted out on 30th April 2016. We expect to be able to share further infomation during the week commencing 9th May 2016. 


Building Innovative Green Hydrogen systems in an Isolated Territory: a pilot for Europe (BIG HIT)

Shapinsay Development Trust (SDT) are delighted to be part of the BIG HIT consortium which we expect to offer greater opportunities for our Island as well as benefitting Orkney as a whole. The five-year long project will develop a replicable, fully integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilisation for heat, power and transport.

Shapinsay’s community owned 900Kw turbine is frequently curtailed as a result of grid constraints. During early 2015 a sequence of community meetings was held in the island which resulted in hydrogen production being identified as one of the ways in which curtailment might be mitigated. These meetings also empowered SDT to establish a work programme to investigate and deliver ‘Responses to Curtailment’. Over the past year Trust resources have been applied to this end.

Shapinsay’s Responses to Curtailment programme aims to reclaim the lost capacity (and lost income) which has resulted from grid constraint and in so doing release resources which can be used to help deliver the island’s ambition. Shapinsay involvement in the BIG HIT project is the programme’s major outcome to date. Other ‘responses’ are still under development and will continue.

Shapinsay Development Trust believes that their involvement in the BIG HIT project offers a model not only for their future progress but for similar community based groups representative of small islands and rural communities. It looks forward to sharing its experience as the project progresses.

Please contact Nic. Thake - 01856 711733 with any enquiries.

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