Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH)

The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) is a multi-sector partnership comprising the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC), Pure Energy Centre, Community Energy Scotland, and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES). The project was supported by Local Energy Scotland through the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.

The project involves the transfer of fish waste from SSC’s processing plant on the Isle of Lewis, which is integrated with other local household and garden waste to produce biogas in an anaerobic digester at the CnES Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Creed. The biogas fuels a Combined Heat and Power plant, with some of the electricity generated used to drive an electrolyser which in turn produces hydrogen and oxygen for use at SSC’s hatchery in Lewis, as well as providing fuel for CnES’s hydrogen-powered bin lorry. This project is the first of its kind in Scotland and will help sustain the local economy.

OHLEH won the Partnership Scotland Award at the VIBES Awards 2019. The VIBES Awards reward, showcase and sustain environmental good practice in Scottish businesses.

You can also read more about OHLEH here.