Aberdeen’s second hydrogen refuelling station was officially opened in late February along with the launch of a fleet of 10 hydrogen fuelled Toyota Mirai cars.
The £2.6million station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational mid-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 Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility 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.
The 10 Toyota Mirai cars will be leased for three years with five going to the National Health Service (NHS), three to the Co-wheels car club, one to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and one to Aberdeen City Council. The project is part funded by the UK government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Transport Scotland.
“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,” said councillor Barney Crockett.
“The benefits of this latest project complement what has been achieved already and will be felt locally, nationally and internationally.”
An international summit on the hydrogen transport supply chain will be hosted by Aberdeen from 15th – 17th March. The H2 Transport Summit will bring together government, industry, local businesses and key influencers.