International energy company bp has been approved to be the joint venture partner to deliver the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub which will build a solar power facility connected to a green hydrogen production and refueling facility.
The City of Aberdeen’s Growth and Resources Committee yesterday endorsed the move which was hailed as transformative by the leader of the council in continuing work for the city’s energy transition on the path to net zero.
The city’s growth and resources councilor, Councilor Ryan Houghton, said: ‘I am incredibly proud of this next step that Aberdeen is taking with our business partner bp, who advised the council on the delivery of our plan. of strategic energy transition infrastructure and this exciting announcement builds on that. job.
“We are proud that hydrogen is already present in Aberdeen and this important commercial partnership with bp is intended to support our ambitions. We plan to create a model that can be replicated around the world by cities and regions looking to achieve net zero. Aberdeen’s position as a leader in the energy sector requires continued investment and partnership and the Hydrogen Hub is a fantastic example of this.
Councilor Jenny Laing, leader of the council, said: ‘This is a huge announcement for Aberdeen as it supports the achievement of our Net Zero vision and paves the way for the city to become a world leader in the production of fuel and green energy based on hydrogen.
“It will help create a cleaner and more sustainable city for local people and it also gives us the opportunity to create hundreds of skilled jobs and add millions to Aberdeen’s economy. Aberdeen has a global reputation as a hydrogen pioneer city and by working in partnership with bp, we intend to put Aberdeen at the forefront of the green economic recovery.
Louise Kingham, bp’s UK country manager and senior vice president for Europe, said: “bp is committed to delivering integrated energy solutions to help cities and businesses decarbonize and this proposed hub hydrogen can contribute to this.
“We look forward to working with the local authority to deliver this exciting project, drawing on the skills and expertise of our employees and their vast experience in delivering complex energy projects.
“This milestone comes days after bp and our partner EnBW were named among the successful bidders in the first round for the ScotWind offshore wind farm and demonstrates once again the leading role bp can play in Scotland’s energy transition.”
Following a robust tendering process which began last June, the concept of Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub will enable the further development of a hydrogen economy in the city.
Aberdeen City Council embarked on its hydrogen journey over 10 years ago and has already demonstrated how demand can be created in cities, using the zero-emission fuel to power a fleet of 25 buses, 60 public sector vehicles and garbage trucks, plus the P&J Live Events, Conference and Entertainment Complex.
More than two million passengers have traveled on the city’s hydrogen buses and CO2 savings to date exceed 100 tonnes over the past six years.
A report to the committee said the hydrogen hub came about after Aberdeen City Council, in partnership with Opportunity North East (ONE) and Scottish Enterprise (SE), appointed Element Energy in 2019 to look into the business case for the hydrogen sector in Aberdeen following a successful pilot project. projects – including the Aberdeen hydrogen bus project and municipal fleet deployment.
The report concluded that gathering hydrogen demand in fleets, increasing the production and supply of green hydrogen by connecting to large-scale renewable generators, and coordinating the supply chain supply and training could lower the price of hydrogen and catalyze use by other growth sectors seeking to decarbonise (heat, industry, maritime, rail, etc.).
This would then create significant economic opportunities as part of an energy transition in the City and County region, open up new economic opportunities with a gross value added of over £700m to the Scottish economy by 2030, as well as thousands of high-value jobs in Aberdeen and the surrounding region.
This concept for a commercial hydrogen production, storage and distribution facility in Aberdeen powered by renewable energy, with associated training and supply chain support to facilitate fleet adoption, heat, industry, export, etc. became known as AHH.
The report indicates that it is envisaged that the AHH will be developed in three phases in response to the growing demand for hydrogen:
- Phase 1: initial production for public sector consumption, including the provision of a resilient and cost-effective supply of hydrogen on a commercial basis to the market to support existing and proposed transport projects;
- Phase 2: short- and medium-term expansion to connect to a greater volume of hydrogen use – rail, truck and maritime use;
- Phase 3: hydrogen for heat and export. A global approach to supply and demand. Innovation, skills and transition hub to support the expansion of the local supply chain. Pursue Aberdeen’s ambition to be the center of new energy generation activity, exporting hydrogen to the world. Recent announcements from ScotWind may support future Phase 3 delivery.
In June 2020, the Hydrogen Hub concept was adopted in the city council’s energy transition and strategic infrastructure plans as part of a net zero vision. AHH’s vision aligns with the UK Government’s recent publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy, which sets out the approach to developing a thriving low-carbon hydrogen sector in the UK with the ambition to generate 5GW of renewable, low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 and the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Policy Statement and Draft Hydrogen Action Plan, both of which propose to the of Scotland to become a leading hydrogen country in the production of reliable, competitive and sustainable hydrogen.