Japanese renewable energy specialists select Bridgend County Borough for new hydrogen energy initiative

A project that could see Bridgend County Borough become the focal point of a major new UK green energy initiative has moved a step closer following a visit by Japanese renewable energy specialists, Marubeni Europower.

The company has selected Bridgend County Borough as its preferred UK location for a green hydrogen demonstrator project, and is liaising with the authority over plans that could include generating clean fuel for fleet vehicles ranging from council gritters to recycling and refuse collection lorries.

Under the proposals, the project could extend to blue light services such as South Wales Police and their rapid response vehicles, and also trial the use of hydrogen fuel to heat buildings and facilities in the Ynysawdre area such as schools, Extra Care residential homes and the local swimming pool.

Cllr Stuart Baldwin, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Bridgend County Borough Council and Welsh Government are working closely alongside Marubeni Europower to explore these ambitious new plans after the area was selected from a shortlist of sites which included Sheffield and Aberdeen.

“While it remains subject to further feasibility studies, we are delighted to be working in partnership. This is a significant opportunity for improving our corporate fleet and developing further clean energy opportunities in line with the goals and aspirations of our Bridgend 2030 Decarbonisation Strategy.