On the subject of Scotland-Germany collaboration, this from the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (RSE) website:
‘The new RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme is funded by the Scottish Government with the purpose to facilitate international collaboration between Scottish and German institutes. It aims to develop hydrogen-related research which can inform Scottish Government policy objectives. This aligns with the RSE’s ‘knowledge made useful’ mission.
‘OBJECTIVE: This scheme seeks to foster research- and practice-based partnerships between Scotland and Germany to lead the way towards a decarbonised future. The objectives of the RSE Scotland-Germany Hydrogen Research Scheme are as follows:
– ‘To facilitate and strengthen co-operation and learning between Scotland and Germany in the area of hydrogen research;
To foster partnerships/networks within and beyond academia, including with local authorities and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME);
– ‘To encourage the initiation of new partnerships and/or the development of existing partnerships;
– ‘To contribute to policy discussion in Scotland around hydrogen.’
The deadline for research proposals was in February 2022.
Corporate media or BBC Scotland coverage? Anyone recall anything? I suppose research collaboration between Scotland and Germany over a future hydrogen-based economy is hardly newsworthy, especially as Scotland is now outside the EU!
And then from the Scottish Power website dated 10/11/2021: ‘Scottish and German collaboration to look at potential of exporting green hydrogen from Scotland to Germany. As outlined in the Scottish Government’s Draft Hydrogen Action Plan today, the project aims to identify future opportunities to unlock massive green hydrogen demand in Germany
‘The Scottish Government’s hydrogen assessment in 2020 found Scotland exporting green energy to Europe could result in £25bn GVA with over 300,000 jobs by 2045
‘Working together on the project, ScottishPower, Wood, KPMG Germany and DS Consulting, each bring their own expertise to the collaboration. ScottishPower will be responsible for assessing renewable energy and hydrogen production capabilities in Scotland, Wood will be responsible for engineering and distribution challenges and DS Consulting and KPMG Germany will identify customer demand and examine infrastructure and regulatory requirements.
‘The collaboration will aim to create a business case for an initial green hydrogen production facility in Scotland to be developed, constructed and operational in 2024.’
Again, media profile … anyone?
Footnote from Ed: I had a look. No BBC or STV. Only the Times at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hydrogen-export-hopes-are-more-than-hot-air-f5zm6gfcr and the Scotsman at: https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/columnists/germany-goes-shopping-for-scottish-green-hydrogen-david-scrimgeour-3744642
The BBC chums at the Times and the Scotsman often feed broadcast reports. Why not on this? Too positive?