Aberdeen celebrates 1000th hydrogen bus refuel 17 November 2015

The UK’s first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station – opened last March under the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project, with backing from Europe, the UK and the Scottish government – is celebrating its one thousandth refuel.

Owned and operated by BOC in Aberdeen, the refuelling station was constructed for Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses, running on the streets of the city.

It fuels 10 Van Hool A330 hydrogen fuel cell buses, six of which are operated by Stagecoach and four by First Group.

“We have dispensed over 20 tonnes of hydrogen since the station opened in March and we are very proud of the station’s 100% availability record, which is a clear demonstration of the viability of hydrogen as a carbon-free fuel,” comments Dr Hamish Nichol, BOC’s innovation manager for hydrogen.

Based at Aberdeen City Council’s Kittybrewster depot, the facility was delivered as part of the £19 million green transport demonstration project, which is testing the economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen transport technologies.

Hydrogen buses emit only water vapour and produce no carbon emissions or air pollution. They are also quieter and smoother in operation than diesel vehicles, contributing to making Aberdeen a greener City.

“The support BOC has received from our project partners in the Aberdeen Hydrogen bus project has been excellent and we would also like to extend our thanks to the bus drivers and their passengers for their support in using the buses,” says Nichol.

Pictured: BOC’s Nathan Palmer and Cllr Laing.

Brian Tinham

Related Companies
BOC Gases (Europe) Ltd
Van Hool NV

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