Planning Approval Granted for Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub, Set to Pave the Way for Renewable Energy-Powered Facility
Posted 04/07/2023 11:54
The planning committee of the local authority has approved the plans for the initial phase of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub, a hydrogen production, storage, and distribution facility in Aberdeen. The project is a joint venture between BP and Aberdeen City Council under the name bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy.
The first phase of the project, scheduled to commence production in 2025, aims to deliver over 800 kilograms of green hydrogen per day. This quantity of hydrogen will be sufficient to fuel 25 buses and a similar number of other fleet vehicles.
The hydrogen production facility will be constructed on Hareness Road, while the solar farm will be located on the former Ness landfill site. These two components will be connected by an underground grid connection.
Dr. Oliver Taylor, the CEO of BP Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy, expressed that the project will strengthen Aberdeen's position as a leading hydrogen city, contributing to the forefront of the energy transition. The initiative aims to drive hydrogen demand by partnering with fleets in and around the city and, through the broader Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub program, enable individuals and businesses in Aberdeen to benefit from the energy transition.
Ian Yuill, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, highlighted the significance of producing green hydrogen-based fuel and energy in line with the council's net-zero vision. He emphasized that the Hydrogen Hub will not only create a cleaner and more sustainable city but also offer opportunities for job creation and investment in the Aberdeen economy as the energy transition progresses.
The joint venture between BP and Aberdeen City Council was announced in March of the previous year, and the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub will be developed in three phases to meet the increasing demand for hydrogen. Future phases may involve additional investments to scale up production and supply larger volumes of green hydrogen for rail, freight, marine, heating, and potential export purposes.