Aberdeen City Council is searching for a partner for its new hydrogen production facility.
The hub will build on the city’s existing hydrogen infrastructure and transport projects, including a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, public sector vehicles and waste trucks.
The hub will also capitalise on Scotland’s development in offshore wind, it is hoped that together it can provide a truly ‘green’ fuel supply for transport, homes and businesses.
The announcement builds on a market engagement exercise conducted earlier this year where respondents expressed interest in investing in a commercial-scale hydrogen production facility.
Aberdeen City Council leader Cllr Jenny Laing said: ‘Aberdeen is already recognised as a pioneering hydrogen city and creating this strategic partnership will be a crucial step in realising our ambitions for Aberdeen to become a global leader in hydrogen.
‘Our city is renowned for its innovative thinking, entrepreneurial approach and energy expertise and developing the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub is an important next step in our plan to create long-term, green economic growth in the city and deliver Aberdeen’s Net Zero Vision.
‘Over the past five years, Aberdeen has established itself as a centre of excellence for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Taking the energy expertise, experience and infrastructure already in place in Aberdeen, the city has successfully implemented large scale hydrogen projects laying the foundations for more to follow. At the City Region level, there is an opportunity to expand into large scale upstream production and supply for both domestic and export markets through the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub concept.
‘The Hub will capitalise on Aberdeen’s leading role as a pioneering hydrogen city and create a springboard for economic growth, future investment, technology development and job creation across the region.’
In related news, the UK Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (UKHFCA) has said that the UK government must implement a hydrogen roadmap in order to achieve net-zero and boost the economy.
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