Ireland’s first ‘hydrogen valley’ was announced on Thursday by Taoiseach Micheál Martin, which would see Galway play host to a green hydrogen demonstrator hub providing fuel for transport.
The Galway Hydrogen Hub (GH2) will be developed by a consortium comprised of NUI Galway, the Port of Galway, CIÉ Group and Bus Éireann, Aran Islands Ferries, Lasta Mara Teo, Aer Arann Islands, and SSE Renewables.
MaREI Funded Investigator and Senior lecturer of Energy Systems Engineering at NUI Galway Rory Monaghan said: “The future sustainable growth of our region will depend in large part on the availability of secure indigenous renewable energy.
“We are witnessing huge strides in the greening of our electricity grid with wind, but we use twice as much energy for transport, almost all of which is imported fossil fuel. The key innovation of GH2 is the use of wind to drive a zero emission, multi modal transport sector.”
More details of the project will be released in the coming weeks.
Delighted to join the Renewable Energy Conference at @portofgalway today.
Climate change is a threat to all of us and it’s imperative we act now.
Renewable electricity can not only help reduce emissions, but also provide jobs and new opportunities. pic.twitter.com/o6vgMAOyPd
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) April 14, 2022