SSE Renewables is aiming to co-locate hydrogen production facilities at two onshore wind farms in Scotland and Ireland in a partnership with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

The exact location of these are to be announced in due course, SSE said.

The partnership is aiming to encompass the full green hydrogen value chain, including construction, supply chain management, customer offtake and storage, end user requirements, reliability and operation and maintenance.

Alongside onshore wind, the high volumes of renewable energy in Scotland and Ireland could support the establishment of a hydrogen economy, presenting long-term opportunities to export green hydrogen to regions around the UK and to mainland Europe, SSE said.

Already, ScottishPower is developing a 20MW electrolyser in Scotland, which will utilise power from the company’s Whitelee wind farm as well as 40MW of solar and 50MW of battery storage.

ScottishPower also announced this week it has narrowed down the locations it’s considering for its 35MW electrolyser site, with the Cromarty Firth identified as “ideal”.

SSE, meanwhile, said that its operational renewable portfolio of 4GW, along with its development pipeline including over 1GW of onshore wind and 7GW of offshore wind, means it is well placed to provide the future renewable power needed to power a green hydrogen economy.

“Hydrogen is rapidly becoming an important and exciting component of the strategy to decarbonise power production, heavy industry and transport, among other sectors,” Jim Smith, managing director of SSE Renewables, said.