Aberdeen Hydrogen Festival preview

Aberdeen Hydrogen Festival preview

Hydrogen will take centre stage at a festival in Aberdeen next week.

Aiming to show how hydrogen technology is evolving, current projects being developed and what’s happening in this exciting market, the five-day Hydrogen Festival will run from Monday (30th September) to Friday (4th October).

Featuring a range of events tailored towards a business audience, Aberdeen City Council will co-host a one-day conference on Tuesday in conjunction with Pale Blue Dot Energy and ERM, with additional support from Oil and Gas Technology Centre, Opportunity North East, Scottish Enterprise, Invest Aberdeen and HyTrEc2/Interreg.

The complimentary one-day conference, taking place at the Hilton Treetops Hotel, will explore the vision and opportunity for hydrogen as well as its production and application.

It will shape a plethora of interesting discussions focused around the potential for hydrogen to business.

The agenda will cover hydrogen policy, opportunities and showcase successful hydrogen projects.

This year’s conference will feature lunchtime workshops covering a range of topics, including:

  • Hydrogen vehicle deployments: Forklift trucks, the electric vs hydrogen debate, adapting fleet vehicles
  • Green hydrogen production: Solar energy to hydrogen small scale hydrogen delivery
  • Supply chain and training: The business case for green hydrogen in Aberdeen, hydrogen training opportunities

Three tours will also be held from approximately 4.30pm to 5.30pm:

  • Tour of Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage station
  • Tour of Kittybrewster station and hydrogen bus workshop
  • Tour of The Event and Conference Centre (TECA) hydrogen fuel cells

To book a space on one of these tours, visit the booking desk found in the reception area during registration. Spaces are limited and will be first come first served. Tours are weather, availability and demand dependent.


On Wednesday, the 11th annual Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association conference (SHFCA2019) will take place, also at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel.

This will be a high-profile event highlighting the substantial progress being made with deployment of hydrogen and fuel cells as key components of an integrated energy and transport system for Net Zero emissions.

Under the theme Delivering Scotland’s Energy Transition and the Net Zero Target, the conference will highlight the role for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in delivering key ambitions for low carbon integrated power, heat, and mobility as part of the energy transition for Scotland and Europe:

  • Hydrogen as a key enabler for the Scottish Energy Strategy target of delivering 50% of all Scotland’s energy needs from renewables by 2030;
  • The publication in October 2018 of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming together with the May 2019 CCC report on Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming and Scotland’s revised target for a Net Zero Scotland by 2045.

“We are delighted that SHFCA2019 is taking place in Aberdeen, which has been at the forefront of hydrogen deployment in Europe with the fleet of 10 hydrogen buses using Ballard fuel cells that became operational in March 2015,” said the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association.

“These buses have now carried one million passengers and travelled over 1 million miles, and form part of Scotland’s largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles.”

Power to Gas

The Hydrogen Festival will host the first-ever Transatlantic Power to Gas (TAP2G) workshop on Thursday and Friday.

The event will be co-hosted by the EMEC Hydrogen and New York-based Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology (I-GIT) at Stony Brook University.

TAP2G aims to bring together industry experts from across Europe and the US to highlight areas of opportunity for transatlantic collaborations.

With four sessions across the two days, the TAP2G workshop will provide a platform for participants to draw on collective expertise and identify common areas of interest to move the industry forward with power to gas deployments.

TAP2G will address four critical areas for power to gas growth:

  • Market acceptance and readiness
  • Technology and scale-up
  • Systems integration and infrastructure
  • Market pull and demand

The wider Hydrogen Festival will include practical examples on hydrogen development, the European picture for transport, heat and power, power to gas workshops, and will showcase a hydrogen car from the Shell eco-marathon and Arcola schools challenge.

The festival will also provide the chance to view and drive hydrogen vehicles. The Energy Observer solar powered hydrogen boat will also be in Aberdeen during the week.

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