The Surf ‘n’ Turf project, launched on September 27 in a ceremony attended by Scotland’s Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse, is a new initiative to promote the local generation, storage and distribution of hydrogen from renewable energies in the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The project has Calvera Group, a Spanish industrial company, as one of its main suppliers.
Its objective is to produce and use local electric energy to reduce the imports of fossil fuels and the emission of greenhouse gases. To achieve this, a set of facilities were built combining the production of hydrogen on the island of Eday from a marine turbine and an electrolyser, for later transport in containers (via ferry) to the port of Kirkwall, where it will be transformed again into electricity to supply the buildings of the port and service the ships docked there.
The participation of Calvera is key in this whole process since it supplied three equipment to carry out the complete transport operation of hydrogen (composed of tanks and truck chassis), taking advantage of all its know-how in transport and storage of hydrogen at high pressure, which can be carried from the point of generation to the point of consumption, comprising an efficient and clean energy solution.
The Calvera Group has extensive experience in participating in European projects related to hydrogen. Previously to Surf ‘n’ Turf, they took part in the CENIT Sphera project that ended in 2010 and which, led by Gas Natural and with a budget of 30 million euros, aimed at the integral development of the technology necessary to position hydrogen as one more element of the energy mix.
Source: Calvera Group