In May 2019 the Scottish Government announced the ambition to become Net Zero by 2045. This further reinforces Scotland as one of the leading locations in Europe for deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell solutions in low carbon energy systems.  Highlights include the expanding hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen, local hydrogen energy solutions in Orkney, Acorn in St Fergus, and the proposed H100 Fife development at Methil along with many other innovative projects.

Hydrogen and fuel cell are being deployed in locations across Scotland, including North-East Scotland, Fife, the Western Isles, and the Orkney Islands. These projects are leading the way, and are frequently sharing lessons learned with others. This helps to identify best practice and build up the wider experience which is needed to scale up the size and number of hydrogen and fuel cell energy systems as part of the clean energy transition.

Our proactive SHFCA approach involves events and networking activities which build the understanding and connections, which help to identify and progress these opportunities for the development and deployment of low carbon technologies. For more information about the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association please visit

Nigel Holmes

Chief Executive of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Nigel Holmes has been a member of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA) since 2005, and became Chief Executive Officer of SHFCA in April 2011. Over the past ten years he has grown the SHFCA membership almost four-fold and has established SHFCA as one of the most proactive H&FC industry associations in Europe.

Nigel has over 40 years of experience working in low carbon energy generation, supply, and use. His early industry experience was gained with the UK Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB, 1979-1987) and BP Chemicals (1988-2003) with technical development and change management. He has been actively involved in H&FC business and market development since 2005.

Nigel studied Chemistry at Oxford University, followed by a doctorate while working for the CEGB, and completed his MBA with the University of Edinburgh in 2004. He has been actively involved in public-private initiatives including Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group, the Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership, and with policy development including the recently updated National Transport Strategy for Scotland and the BEIS H&FC Sector Development Working Group.