Hydrogen buses next step in Aberdeen's evolution
The announcement of £3.3 million towards making Aberdeen a hydrogen hub has been hailed as an evolution in the city’s role as the energy capital of Europe.
Funding from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise will enable Aberdeen City council to complete the purchase of 10 hydrogen powered buses, a form of fuel that does not produce local emissions.
The funding will also see Scotland’s first large hydrogen refuelling station constructed, capable of also refuelling hydrogen passenger cars as they increasingly come onto the market.
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart has campaigned for some time to bring hydrogen technology to Aberdeen’s bus fleet, including lodging a motion in the Scottish Parliament and pressing Scottish Enterprise to contribute funding to this project.
Mr Stewart said:
“Aberdeen has long been at the forefront of developments in the energy industry, but hydrogen technology is the next step in our evolution as the Energy Capital of Europe.
“Being at the forefront of the development of this exciting technology is fantastic for Aberdeen.
“Hydrogen fuel has the potential to transform the levels of carbon emissions from vehicles, moving us far closer to meeting our ambitious climate change targets.
“The eyes of the world will be closely following what happens in Aberdeen. I am delighted at this announcement and looking forward to the arrival of the new buses.”