A Highland port has unveiled ambitious plans to lead the world in hydrogen technology – with the help of whisky.
The Port of Cromarty Firth aims to build a facility to produce and distribute the element.
The idea is that green hydrogen, created with power from windfarms, will ultimately help Scotland “de-carbonise” its economy.
The North of Scotland Hydrogen Programme will produce and distribute hydrogen locally and as far as Europe.
One aspect of the project is to provide distilleries in the region with hydrogen.
A four-month feasibility study is due to begin this month backed by funding from Pale Blue Dot Energy, ScottishPower, Glenmorangie, Whyte & Mackay and Diageo.
The partners hope it could be operational within two years. It is unclear at this stage how many jobs could be created.
The port’s chief executive Bob Buskie said the project would help Scotland establish itself as a global leader in a technology still in its infancy.