A UNIQUE climate-saving project has been awarded funding from the UK Government.

A first of its kind, the new hydrogen storage project near Glasgow has been backed by almost £10m of funding from the Treasury and will help to decarbonise the country's transport sector.

It is also hoped to create highly-skilled jobs and help Glasgow to become net zero by 2030.

The award of £9.4m will see the Whitelee Green Hydrogen project develop the country's largest electrolyser - a system which converts water into hydrogen gas, which is then stored as energy.

This energy will then be used to supply local transport providers with zero-carbon fuel.

It will be located at the Whitelee windfarm, run by Scottish Power, and will be able to produce enough of the 'green' hydrogen to power the equivalent of 225 buses going from Glasgow to Edinburgh every day once it is stored.

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Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Hands MP said: “This first-of-a-kind hydrogen facility will put Scotland at the forefront of plans to make the UK a world-leading hydrogen economy, bringing green jobs to Glasgow, while also helping to decarbonise local transport – all immediately following the historic COP26 talks.

“Projects like these will be vital as we shift to a green electricity grid, helping us get the full benefit from our world-class renewables, supporting the UK as we work to eliminate the UK’s contribution to climate change.”

Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack said:“This tremendous investment at Whitelee Wind Farm illustrates how serious the UK Government is about supporting projects that will see us achieve net zero by 2050."