Aberdeen has announced that it will be developing plans to become a global ‘Hydrogen Hub’.
Capitalising on the success already achieved in the city, with the Kittybrewster refuelling station being opened to the public, additional plans have been given the go ahead by Aberdeen City Council’s City Growth and Resources Committee.
A total of 17 Toyota Mirais, four Renault Kangoos and a road sweeper have already been added to North-East fleet adding to the number of hydrogen vehicles in the region.
Adding to this, next year Aberdeen will see the arrival of the new JIVE project buses and potentially up to 10 buses from Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Two learning vehicles in the form of retrofitted diesel/hydrogen Transit vans were also gifted to North East Scotland College by the City Council.
Invest Aberdeen and H2Aberdeen will also continue their work with the Department of International Trade to promote the hydrogen sector in Aberdeen.
Committee Convener Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “Aberdeen’s entrepreneurial and technological leadership in oil and gas is being extended to renewable energies, including hydrogen.
“The city’s first hydrogen supply chain event drew 150 attendees from a wide spectrum of industries. We have welcomed engineers, academics and investors from Japan, Taiwan, Norway, the USA and New Zealand, with recent inquiries coming from India and China.
“The programme we have approved for 2019 will allow us to further develop the low-carbon technology and demonstrate real-world applications, which will also support delivery of the Council’s own Local Outcome Improvement Plan.”
Councillor Lumsden said: “The Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015-2025 maps out the steps for a hydrogen economy in the region.
“Aberdeen City Council and our partners believe in a cleaner, greener more sustainable future, and our commitment to pioneering technology is something the world can profit from.”
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