Surf ’n’ Turf

Surf 'n' Turf is a renewable energy project in Orkney, led by Community Energy Scotland. It has built facilities to generate hydrogen from tidal and wind energy (hence Surf ’n’ Turf), then use that hydrogen to overcome grid limitations and supply energy to local demands, including shore power for the inter-island ferries.

The ambition

  • Enable Orkney to both make and use more electricity locally
  • Reduce fossil fuels imports and CO2 emissions
  • Support Orkney communities and companies to harness locally-sourced energy.

Watch this video or read on to find out what Surf ’n’ Turf is all about:

How?

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has invested in an electrolyser to use power from tidal turbines operating at the company’s test site off Eday to produce hydrogen by splitting water.

To build on this, Community Energy Scotland and partners created Surf ‘n’ Turf, so that power from Eday Renewable Energy's community wind turbine can also be used to produce hydrogen using EMEC’s electrolyser.


Hydrogen can be stored, so it is shipped to Kirkwall where a hydrogen fuel cell is housed on Kirkwall Pier. The fuel cell converts the hydrogen back into electricity by mixing it with oxygen from the air. This electricity can power facilities in the Harbour area, and the ferries when docked.

In addition, the Surf ‘n’ Turf project is building this fuel cell to marine standards, as it would be on a ship, which will create a unique UK facility to allow mariners to train in Orkney for any future hydrogen powered vessel.

The Surf ’n’ Turf project

The Surf ’n’ Turf project has attracted £1.46 million in development funding from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.

It is co-funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme, under the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.

The project is led by Community Energy Scotland, alongside partners EMEC, Orkney Island Council, Eday Renewable Energy and ITM Power.

The Future

Through Surf ’n’ Turf, Orkney is pioneering practical uses of hydrogen. Training and new opportunities with clean fuels are potentially of significance to shipping and other industries – as well as to communities that are rich in renewable energy resources, but have grid issues of their own.

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