£100K study launches to support Aberdeen’s hydrogen ambitions

ONE's oil, gas and energy board chairman, Trevor Garlick
ONE's oil, gas and energy board chairman, Trevor Garlick

A £100,000 study has been launched to develop commercial supply of hydrogen power and fuel cell technologies in Aberdeen.

Economic development body Opportunity North East (ONE), Aberdeen City Council and Scottish Enterprise are working together on the project.

The trio have opened a tendering process for the funding, with applicants invited to identify potential locations for a “hydrogen hub” in the city, outlining the strategic and economic objectives for development.

If successful, it is hoped the scheme can be rolled out more widely to other Scottish cities.

Aberdeen is already home to one of Europe’s largest fleets of fuel cell buses, with the study seeking to develop the next phase of the project.

Trevor Garlick, ONE’s oil, gas and energy sector board chairman, said: “Ensuring the North East of Scotland remains at the forefront of hydrogen energy deployment is a key priority for ONE as we establish the region as a global energy and technology hub, ensure that the economic benefit of the oil and gas supply chain is realised and contribute to the goal of long-term economic diversification.

“Hydrogen presents regional and global opportunities for North East Scotland’s existing infrastructure and skills base and an opportunity to build on our regional competitive advantage to deliver energy transition.”