Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH)

Project lead: Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Award Amount: £25,000

Area: Western Isles

Read the final project report here


The vision for the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) is to provide a springboard for regional scale community led implementation of hydrogen infrastructure which could see community generated hydrogen fuelling local road transport as well as providing heat and power from an indigenous fuel.



The OHLEH aims to deliver renewable power, heat, and transport to the local community by using new and existing hydrogen-generation infrastructure to release additional renewable energy generation capacity at two key sites in the vicinity of Stornoway that are presently constrained by grid capacity issues.  This project aims to increase energy recovery from a waste management site and the added value that this creates to

  • Demonstrate the use of two hydrogen CHP technologies (fuel cell and internal combustion engine) for optimising the economics of hydrogen use and minimising electricity network impacts
  • Demonstrate the use of hydrogen for transport fuel for light vehicles and buses
  • Develop the local supply chains and skills required to generate, transport and use local electricity and hydrogen

Further feasibility work during phase 1 will ensure that the phase 2 project will deploy hydrogen technologies at the most appropriate scale for the technology readiness levels and for the island’s needs, minimising risk by phased development.