Bright Green Hydrogen, in conjunction with Bright Green Business, and the Mid and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce (MELCC) is part of the wider company The Business Partnership Ltd. Bright Green Hydrogen was, until April 2013, known as the Hydrogen Office Ltd. The Hydrogen Office Ltd moved in to the Methil site in November 2009. The energy system was installed stage by stage, with the final piece of the jigsaw, Poppy the wind turbine, completed in September 2010. The Hydrogen Office Demonstration Project was initially an idea by the then Business Environment Partnership (BEP) now Bright Green Business. Through grants provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Enterprise (SE), The Scottish Government (through Natural Scotland), Alsherra Developments, The Energy Saving Trust (EST), and our parent company the Business Partnership Ltd, the project came alive.
In 2015 Bright Green Hydrogen and a consortium of organisations (principally Fife Council and Toshiba) applied and were successful in obtaining a grant of £4.4 million from the Local Energy Scotland Challenge Fund. This new project was entitled the Levenmouth Community Energy Project (LCEP) and aimed to build upon the original Hydrogen Office Project. 160kW solar power was added in to compliment the existing 750kW wind turbine, with newer larger hydrogen storage facilities, electrolysers and fuel cells added. The innovative Toshiba hydrogen energy management system allows 8 buildings in the Methil Docks Business Park to be actively managed as part of a renewable energy micro-grid. When the hydrogen storage is full, excess electricity can be exported to the National Grid.
The second aspect of LCEP is renewable transport. Bright Green Hydrogen have a fleet of 10 Renault HyKangoo vans for lease which are electric with hydrogen range extenders. Fife Council operates 5 Ford Transit vans which run on a diesel/hydrogen mix, and 2 refuse collection vehicles which also run on a diesel/hydrogen mix (a world first). All vehicles are able to be refuelled at our demonstration site in the Methil Docks Business Park, with council vehicles able to refuel at their Bankhead depot.