EXCLUSIVE by DARA BUTTERFIELD
Aberdeen City council has awarded a hydrogen fuel contract worth around £1.9 million to Hydrogenics Europe Nv – a Canadian controlled company in Belgium.
Hydrogenics Europe Nv – which designs, manufactures and installs industrial and commercial hydrogen systems – has been contracted to deliver a fully renewable multi-application power-to-gas facility.
The site is to be a completely green system as it will produce hydrogen by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. Hydrogen fuel creates no greenhouse gasses and only produces water when burned, so the new system is hoped to help meet the government’s green energy targets.
The facility is set to produce renewable fuel for transport and fuel cells, and hope to inject surplus energy into the Natural Gas network in the future.
It is to have the capacity for compression, storage, and dispensing the gas and is to be equipped with at least two hose assemblies to refuel FCEV cars and busses. The system is to have capacity for the storage of a minimum capacity of Hydrogen which would allow the refuelling of two buses within 30 minutes.
It is intended that the fuelling station and hydrogen bundles be located in the same project area to make use of a single compression system for both filling the high pressure cylinders and the bundles at the industrial pressure of 200-bar.
Last year, Hydrogenics secured contracts for nine hydrogen fueling stations, including two 700 bar facilities. Hydrogenics is now involved in the building and servicing of over 10 fueling stations in California and more than 50 stations worldwide.
Hydrogenics’ corporate headquarters are in Mississauga, Canada, with manufacturing facilities located in Germany and Belgium. The company is listed on the US NASDAQ tech-stock exchange.
Douglas Alexander – a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland – is chairman of Hydrogenic