The second hydrogen refuelling station in Aberdeen has been officially opened along with the launch of a fleet of 10 hydrogen-fuelled Toyota Mirai cars.
The £2.6 million station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational by 15 March. Funded by Aberdeen City Council, ERDF, Transport Scotland and NESTRANS, it was built and will be maintained and operated by Hydrogenics.
Located in Cove, the hydrogen station has four electric recharging points and has the potential to produce 130kg of hydrogen per day. Enabling fast refuelling, hydrogen is dispensed at 350-bar and 700-bar pressure. There are also training facilities on site, allowing the opportunities within the hydrogen supply chain to be investigated
The 10 Toyota Mirai cars will be leased for three years with five going to the NHS, three to the Co-wheels car club, one to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and one to Aberdeen Council. The project is part funded by the UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Transport Scotland.
Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, MSP, said: “This latest expansion of hydrogen refuelling capabilities in Aberdeen means that a true hydrogen hub now exists in the North East.
“This has been possible through a funding partnership between the Scot-Govt, the EU, and the city council. Congratulations also go to the city on their successful bid to OLEV’s hydrogen vehicle support scheme, which will see one of the largest single deployments of zero emission Toyota Mirai vehicles in the country.
“These, along with the bus fleet and other vehicles are a highly visible sign of Scotland’s commitment to a cleaner future for transport.”
Councillor Barney Crockett , Aberdeen Council’s lead member for hydrogen, said: “The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project has been a major success and is helping to inform the growth and development of hydrogen technologies and the hydrogen industry. The benefits of this latest project complement what has been achieved already will be felt locally, nationally and internationally.”