BP showcased a model village that was powered by a scaled-down version of the Aberdeen hydrogen hub at Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group’s (AREG) Energy Futures event.
The model consisted of a Scalextric track that was completely powered by a green hydrogen production plant, like the one BP is building in Aberdeen, albeit a little smaller in size.
The chief executive of BP Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy, Dr Oliver Taylor told Energy Voice: “This is much like what we will do in the hydrogen hub, where we will use solar energy to create hydrogen through electrolysis and then dispense it into transport applications.”
Hydrogen was a hot topic at AREG’s event, held a the P&J Live in Aberdeen.
Dr Taylor said: “I think people are getting behind hydrogen as a concept because it could provide that opportunity to decarbonise in a clean and resilient way.”
The event opened with co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, Ian Yuill and cabinet secretary for net zero, energy and transport, Michael Matheson discussing how Aberdeen has moved towards the fuel source.
Both politicians discussed energy transition in Aberdeen, with councillor Yuill highlighting the Granite City’s fleet of 85 hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Earlier this year BP became a joint venture partner of Aberdeen City Council to build Scotland’s first “scalable” green hydrogen production plant.
At the time it was said that the project could unlock new economic opportunities worth upwards of £700 million to Scotland’s economy by 2030 and bring thousands of high-value jobs to the north-east of Scotland.