The UK’s first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station in Aberdeen has made its 1,000th refuel.
The facility, based at Aberdeen City Council’s Kittybrewster depot, opened in March and provides fuel for Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses running on the streets of the city.
The refuelling station is owned and operated by BOC, a member of the Linde Group, and has been delivered as part of the Aberdeen City Council-led £19m green transport demonstration project which is testing the economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen transport technologies and aims to drive the development of hydrogen technologies.
The 10 hydrogen buses, which are operated by First Aberdeen in the city along with Stagecoach, only emit water vapour as an emission.
Aberdeen City Council Chairman of European Hydrogen and Electromobility Projects, Cllr Barney Crocket, said: “This is a major milestone for the project and it’s great to see the 1,000th refuel at the station at Kittybrewster.
“It is fantastic for the city to be at the forefront of this project and helps to solidify our reputation as Europe’s energy capital.
“We look forward to many more milestones on this tremendous project.”
The hydrogen production and refuelling station fuels all 10 Van Hool hydrogen fuel cell buses. First Aberdeen operates four on the X40 Kingswells to Bridge of Don Park & Ride route.
First Aberdeen Managing Director David Phillips said: “We are pleased to have played a key part in reaching this milestone for the ground-breaking hydrogen project. We are proud to be a partner in the trial of hydrogen technology in Aberdeen and look forward to achieving many more successes in the months to come.”