Hydrogen bus refuelling station under construction

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 17:00
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One of Abderdeen’s city buses

£19m facility is the UK’s first joint hydrogen production and refuelling station

The facility, currently under construction at Kittybrewster, Aberdeen, will supply fuel for the city’s ten hydrogen buses and is the largest of its kind in the public sector.

The buses will only emit water vapour, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, as well as being quieter and smoother to run.

The project , which has backing from Europe, the UK Government and the Scottish Government, will deliver a hydrogen infrastructure in Aberdeen in 2014, including:

  • Production of hydrogen from a 1MW electrolyser
  • Establishing a state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling station, Scotland’s first commercial-scale hydrogen refuelling station that will include hydrogen production through electrolysis
  • Deployment of a fleet of 10 hydrogen buses, to be operated by FirstGroup and Stagecoach.
  • The development of a hydrogen safe maintenance facility. Within an operational fleet maintenance depot

Transport minister Keith Brown said: “The start of the construction work on the refuelling station marks a significant milestone for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project […] Our support for this innovative project demonstrates our commitment to decarbonising Scotland’s road transport sector by 2050.

Aberdeen’s hydrogen bus fleet will enter service later this year.

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