Aberdeen City Council has launched a quest for a new joint venture partner to develop an innovative new hydrogen hub in the city that will be Scotland’s first commercially scalable and investable hydrogen production station.
The Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub is looking for a partner to supply its fleet of public sector vehicles. The Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub is a hydrogen infrastructure development program focused on housing, heating, and transportation.
The new alliance will use the city’s existing hydrogen infrastructure and transportation initiatives, which include a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, public sector vehicles, and waste trucks.
The Hydrogen Hub will leverage the region’s leadership position in the fast increasing offshore wind sector to provide a genuinely ‘green’ fuel supply for transportation, homes, and businesses, while also accelerating the region’s hydrogen sector’s growth. The hunt for a joint venture partner is a critical first step toward achieving Aberdeen’s Net Zero Vision.
Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “Aberdeen is already recognized as a pioneering hydrogen city and creating this strategic partnership will be crucial step in realizing 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 center 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 capitalize 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.”
The Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub and following phases have the potential to make a major contribution to the United Kingdom’s and Scotland’s climate change ambitions. It is consistent with the UK Government’s announcement of a hydrogen transport program, the Scottish Government’s Program for Government, and, in particular, the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement, which aims to position Scotland as a leading hydrogen nation by 2030 by generating 5GW of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen.