Aberdeen showcases future of hydrogen technologies

Aberdeen council leader Jenny Laing (in black jacket) welcomes guests at the hydrogen conference
Aberdeen council leader Jenny Laing (in black jacket) welcomes guests at the hydrogen conference

Leading hydrogen projects have been showcased at an international conference in  Aberdeen in the biggest event of Hydrogen Week in the UK.

Delegates from private and public sector organisations in the UK and Europe came to see what Aberdeen has to offer as a hydrogen transport hub.

Clear links were established between renewable energy and transport with use of hydrogen as a clean fuel with zero emissions at the tailpipe.

The Granite City’s fleet of hydrogen buses, vans and cars were site for on show and available for test drives by delegates.  

Delegates also received a tour of the UK’s largest hydrogen production and bus refuelling station is also on offer.

Aberdeen council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The developing hydrogen and broader renewables industries have great promise, presenting opportunities to use Aberdeen’s abundance of expertise, experience and supply opportunities in the oil and gas sector to diversify and expand into new fields.

 “Aberdeen has had a busy time; we’ve celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of our hydrogen production and bus refuelling station – the biggest in the UK – and a year of operations of our fleet of hydrogen buses; we’ve marked another European first with the unveiling of our two new fuel cell electric vehicles as the latest addition to our car club fleet; and here we are today, showing off what Aberdeen and Scotland have achieved to date and laying out our future plans.”

Councillor Barney Crockett added: “Aberdeen is leading the way on hydrogen in Scotland and it is fitting that we hosted this important event where we discussed our plans for the future, but also heard about the progress made in other parts of Scotland and the developing opportunities in hydrogen.

“It is becomingly increasingly clear that hydrogen is a secure fuel of the future and its potential uses are many; from powering vehicles and heating homes, to providing a clean energy storage system.

“The opportunities it presents are vast and it is essential that governments at all levels work together alongside industry to ensure those opportunities are seized upon.”

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