Yesterday I talked about Hyundai FCEVs rolling off the ships in California and today I want to talk about a hydrogen fleet rolling out in Scotland. In May 2013 I last talked about the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project.
At that time it was expected that the £20-million project would bring the largest hydrogen bus fleet to the Scottish city. And now, this dream is becoming a reality.
According to the City of Aberdeen, “The city council has taken delivery of four of the 10 hydrogen vehicles ordered from Belgian firm Van Hool as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. The others are due to be delivered in the coming weeks …
“… The buses will be officially launched at the All-Energy conference which takes place in Aberdeen on 21 and 22 May. The buses, which will be integrated into First and Stagecoach operations from May, following an official launch at All-Energy, will be in use on routes across the city by autumn.
“The vehicles will be refuelled at Scotland’s first large hydrogen refuelling station, at the council’s Kittybrewster depot. Further refuelling stations are proposed across the city as the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project evolves. The bus project is part of the Aberdeen hydrogen project H2 Aberdeen, which provides the opportunity to create a new industry and greater choice in energy production and usage, as well as enabling the development of a hydrogen strategy for the Energetica Development Corridor.”
So, there you have it. One small roll for man, one giant rollout for mankind as the city of Aberdeen is now driving their thriving hydrogen economy upon the world’s stage.