Recognising the crucial role the development of innovative hydrogen technology can play in delivering a low carbon economy, a range of public and private sector partners have provided a total investment of £19m to implement the Aberdeen hydrogen bus project.
The project budget of £19m is made up by contributions from the following organisations:
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (2 separate projects: High Vlo City and HyTransit) £8.3m;
Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board) £2.4m;
Aberdeen City Council £2m;
Stagecoach and First £2m;
Scottish Government £1.7m;
Scottish Enterprise £1.7m;
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution £0.75m
Scotland Gas Network (SGN) £0.2m.
The project has received the backing of the European Union, through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). This public and private partnership is supporting the research, development and demonstration of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in Europe and has contributed £8.3m through 2 projects:
Hytransit is working to demonstrate that a fuel cell bus is capable of meeting the operational performance of an equivalent diesel bus on demanding inter-city UK routes.
High Vlo City is facilitating rapid deployment of fuel cell hydrogen buses in public transport operations and addressing the key environmental and operational concerns that transport authorities are facing today.
Acknowledging that hydrogen can play a key role in helping Scotland realise it's renewable energy potential and recognising the long-term benefits of investing in hydrogen infrastructure, the project has also received funding and support from The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.
Further support aims to develop Scotland's profile as a key hydrogen technology hub and a world-leading investment location for pioneering low carbon energy and transport systems, with contributions from Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board), from the SSE Low Carbon Networks Fund and from the Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) Innovation Funds. Underlining local commitment to the development of hydrogen technology in the region Aberdeen City Council is contributing financially along with local bus operators First and Stagecoach.