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Aberdeen Hydrogen Strategy

March 2015

On 18th March 2015, Aberdeen City Council approved the Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy 2015-2025. This strategy outlines the actions required over the next 10 years in order to cement the city as a leader in the emerging hydrogen and fuel cells sector. A copy of the report can be downloaded from the resources section of the website.

The Hydrogen Strategy aims to open up greater potential for hydrogen technologies in the long term and presents strong opportunities for businesses to diversify their activities in the energy sector. The Strategy aims to encourage the development of skills, know-how, and expertise in the hydrogen and fuel cell markets, initially through the deployment of H2 transport.

The key near-term priorities are to:

  • build a second refuelling station capable of refuelling all hydrogen vehicle types in order to attract early releases of passenger cars. This station will be accessible to the public;
  • work with local partners and car manufacturers to deploy first generation vehicles;
  • support the Council fleet as an early adopter for new vehicle types;
  • work with bus operators to ensure a second major fuel cell bus deployment from 2018;
  • work with other regions to seed a Scottish refuelling network linking to the work of the UK H2 Mobility programme.

Aberdeen is promoting hydrogen technologies as a low carbon alternative to fossil fuels and as an energy vector to facilitate the deployment of renewable energy sources in the area.

Hydrogen refuelling station official opening

March 2015

The official opening of the hydrogen production and bus refueling station happened on the 11th March in Aberdeen, as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. The launch attracted attention from UK wide media, resulting in media coverage in local & national newspapers, radio stations, trade press and TV as well as coverage from the market-leading coach and bus industry weekly magazine - Route One.

The event was well attended by the project partners and funders, with representatives from industry, other local authorities, academic representatives, potential hydrogen users including the NHS and local supply chain organisations.

The hydrogen buses are now in the teething phase, both First and Stagecoach have begun putting the buses into service on the X17 route and the X40 route. After a few months of testing the buses, they will go into full service and run as part of the everyday fleet.

HyTrEc Final Conference - What have we learned?

February 2015

Aberdeen will host the final conference of the HyTrEc on 20th and 21st May 2015. The event marks the culmination of the project, where key findings and outputs will be showcased, with a chance for delegates from industry, government, public sector and academia to network and discuss the next steps for the sector with project partners.

Along with the results and recommendations of the HyTrEc project, the latest developments will be heard from key organisations including Hyundai UK, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, UK H2 Mobility and the German National Hydrogen Organisation (NOW Gmbh). The conference will also offer delegates the chance to visit the UK's first fully integrated hydrogen production and bus refuelling station and experience Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses. Several other hydrogen vehicle technologies will also be on show, including diesel/hydrogen hybrids and fuel cell range extended electric vans.

If you would like to find out more about the conference and are interested in attending, please contact us: Hytrec@aberdeencity.gov.uk


WaterstofNet proud owner of a Hyundai IX35 Fuel cell electric vehicle

January 2015

After Colruyt Group, WaterstofNet is now also the proud owner of a Hyundai ix 35 hydrogen car. The car, which is powered by a fuel cell, is zero-emission, has a range of over 500 km and is refuelled within 5 minutes. Refuelling will be done at

their own hydrogen refuelling stations at the logistics site of Colruyt Group in Halle near Brussels and at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, near Eindhoven. Colleagues from WaterstofNet drove the car from the Netherlands to the HyTrEc partners meeting in Denmark in January 2015.

One of the outputs of the HyTrEc project is a desk based study which models a cross border journey in a fuel cell car from Aberdeen, Scotland to Gothenburg, Sweden. The modelled route through the project partner countries demonstrates what might occur when travelling through Northern Europe (the North Sea Region) in a fuel cell vehicle taking into consideration regulations, restrictions or issues that may be encountered along the way.

In order to test the concept model and put theory into practice, part of the journey was travelled in January 2015. Stefan Neis, WaterstofNet drove to the HyTrEc partner meeting in Vejle, Denmark in a Hyundai IX35. The route took him from Belgium through Germany to Denmark and back, covering approximately 1,865 km crossing 4 countries, 3 borders and 8 provinces.

Stefan made 9 refuelling stops along the way (8 x 700 bar, 1 x 350 bar) and used 26.3kg hydrogen in total. Each refuelling station required a different refuelling card which needed to be acquired in advance of the journey, making forward planning an vital aspect of this trip.

Stefan's journey proves that it is possible to drive from, in this case Brussels to Denmark and further to the North, in a hydrogen fuel cell car. The Hyundai FCEV performed extremely well, in all weather conditions (snow on the return journey) comparable to a normal fossil fuelled car but, without any exhaust emissions and reduced noise.

Overall, it was a challenging trip, not only for the car and the fuel economy, but also for the availability of the hydrogen refuelling stations in the different countries. However, due to the detailed preparation work in advance, the trip was a success.

Hydrogen Awareness Course

September 2014

Gateshead College has developed a new course called 'Hydrogen Awareness' and they have been actively marketing the course at various conferences and exhibition events. Gateshead college has also produced a summary leaflet on the course too. Information has been uploaded to the resources section of the website in order that partners and stakeholders can access units of the course to trial, and feedback information on the course material.

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HyTrEc's hydrogen-hybrid vans unveiled at North Sea Conference 2014

June 2014

Two custom-built hydrogen vans have been incorporated into Aberdeen City Council's fleet, marking another renewables first for Europe's leading energy city.

The custom-built Euro5 Ford Transits are the first to be deployed in Scotland, as part of a demonstration project to show that hydrogen is a practical and efficient fuel. The vehicles were unveiled this morning to two transport study tours visiting Aberdeen as part of the annual North Sea Region Conference. A hydrogen bus and electric car were also displayed outside Marischal College, underlining the council's commitment to renewable energy and low carbon transport. Further information on the vans

Here is a video with the highlights from the North Sea Conference 2014.


The WaterstofNet hydrogen filling station achieves a milestone being used 1,000 times

February 2014

On the 3rd of February 2014, the WaterstofNet hydrogen refuelling station in Belgium fuelled a vehicle for the 1000th time.
The station, built as part of the Interreg-Program Flanders- South Netherlands, has been in use since 2012 at the Colruyt distribution centre in Halle. At the distribution forklifts on hydrogen are being tested and cars are regularly fuelled at the station.

Further information on WaterstofNet

Plans for hydrogen fuelling stations for the UK announced

January 2014

Three electrolyzers have been confirmed for installation as part of a refuelling station due to be constructed in 2014 for Aberdeen City Council's Kittybrewster depot in Scotland. The three electrolysers will provide up to 400 kg per day of Hydrogen, and the station, part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, will be used for 10 fuel cell buses, which will be the largest such fleet in the world.

European cities speeding up fuel cell hydrogen buses deployment

January 2014

The first steps towards the development of a European Network of Clean Hydrogen Bus Centres of Excellence were made by representatives of the transport authorities of Riviera Trasporti in Liguria, De Lijn in Flanders, along with representatives of the city of Aberdeen, all engaged in the deployment of fuel cell buses as part of the EU co-financed High V.LO City project.

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Offer of €1.2million EU funding to introduce 100 hydrogen buses to Scotland for study

December 2013

Executive director Bert Colvanaer and project manager Carlos Navas from the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) met with partners from the Scottish Cities Alliance and key stakeholders in the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project regarding a potential opportunity to develop of a Scotland-wide fleet of 100 hydrogen buses. 

Aberdeen has been identified by the FCH JU due to the ongoing hydrogen work in the city to date, which has seen it emerge as a leading EU city.

The Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA) hydrogen strategy project aims to establish projects through which Scotland's seven cities and their surrounding regions can leverage their local capabilities and resources to engage with hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This has the potential to meet policy objectives around economic development, environmental protection and improvement in security of energy supply.

At the start of the study a wide range of hydrogen technologies were considered for potential SCA deployment projects. These included; hydrogen applications for transport, various hydrogen production options (waste and renewable production) and the use of fuel cells for heat and power in buildings. Four of these projects were selected for more in-depth analysis:

  • Renewable-based 'green' H2 production from water electrolysis;
  • Hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) network rollout to key locations across Scotland;
  • Large scale fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) deployment, for up to 100 buses across the seven cities, as part of European efforts to commercialise fuel cell buses;
  • Fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) deployment to council fleets in the seven cities, with a total of 65-130 FCEVs deployed to SCA councils by 2020.

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Aberdeen leading the way and making the energy transition from oil to hydrogen.

November 2013

Held in Brussels, the round-table event, hosted by the council and chaired by Alyn Smith MEP, to discuss the next steps in the development of hydrogen as a low carbon energy vector. Discussions ranged across a variety of subjects, including: the need for EU and national policy; skills development; actions needed to reduce hydrogen vehicle and infrastructure costs; technologies that are essential to development; the creation of a network of refuelling stations and related infrastructure.

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A Hydrogen Economy for Aberdeen City Region

May 2013

A Strategy Framework launched at All Energy on 22nd May 2013

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EU launches clean fuel strategy

January 2013

The European Commission today announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use. Policy initiatives so far have mostly addressed the actual fuels and vehicles, without considering fuels distribution. Efforts to provide incentives have been uncoordinated and insufficient...
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